Warren D H, 1979, "Spatial localization under conflict conditions: is there a single explanation?" Perception 8(3) 323 – 337
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Spatial localization under conflict conditions: is there a single explanation?
David H Warren
Received 16 March 1978, in revised form 19 March 1979
Abstract. Visual-auditory (VA) and visual-proprioceptive (VP) localization conflict paradigms were varied to explore the comparability of the conflict situations. In experiment 1 various attempts were made to decrease the dominance of visual information over proprioceptive and auditory target information. Pairing auditory with proprioceptive information against conflicting visual information did not lessen the visual dominance, nor did dimming the visual field. A 'cognitive' manipulation, in which the subject was led to doubt the reliability of the visual information, reduced visual dominance over audition but not visual dominance over proprioception. This difference between the two conflict situations was further explored and corroborated in experiment 2. In experiment 3 no attempt was made to lead the subject to believe that paired discrepant targets were related, and the visual dominance of audition was strong while the visual dominance of proprioception did not occur.
The apparent differences between the VA and the VP conflict situations are discussed with regard to the feasibility of generating a unitary explanantion of localization conflict results. Several further factors are discussed that must be explored before undertaking such a unitary formulation.
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