Hearing in slow-motion: Humans underestimate the speed of moving sounds.

Senna I, Parise C, Ernst MO (2015)
Scientific Reports 5: 14054.

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Perception can often be described as a statistically optimal inference process whereby noisy and incomplete sensory evidence is combined with prior knowledge about natural scene statistics. Previous evidence has shown that humans tend to underestimate the speed of unreliable moving visual stimuli. This finding has been interpreted in terms of a Bayesian prior favoring low speed, given that in natural visual scenes objects are mostly stationary or slowly-moving. Here we investigated whether an analogous tendency to underestimate speed also occurs in audition: even if the statistics of the visual environment seem to favor low speed, the statistics of the stimuli reaching the individual senses may differ across modalities, hence potentially leading to different priors. Here we observed a systematic bias for underestimating the speed of unreliable moving sounds. This finding suggests the existence of a slow-motion prior in audition, analogous to the one previously found in vision. The nervous system might encode the overall statistics of the world, rather than the specific properties of the signals reaching the individual senses.
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Senna I, Parise C, Ernst MO. Hearing in slow-motion: Humans underestimate the speed of moving sounds. Scientific Reports. 2015;5: 14054.
Senna, I., Parise, C., & Ernst, M. O. (2015). Hearing in slow-motion: Humans underestimate the speed of moving sounds. Scientific Reports, 5: 14054.
Senna, I., Parise, C., and Ernst, M. O. (2015). Hearing in slow-motion: Humans underestimate the speed of moving sounds. Scientific Reports 5:14054.
Senna, I., Parise, C., & Ernst, M.O., 2015. Hearing in slow-motion: Humans underestimate the speed of moving sounds. Scientific Reports, 5: 14054.
I. Senna, C. Parise, and M.O. Ernst, “Hearing in slow-motion: Humans underestimate the speed of moving sounds.”, Scientific Reports, vol. 5, 2015, : 14054.
Senna, I., Parise, C., Ernst, M.O.: Hearing in slow-motion: Humans underestimate the speed of moving sounds. Scientific Reports. 5, : 14054 (2015).
Senna, Irene, Parise, Cesare, and Ernst, Marc O. “Hearing in slow-motion: Humans underestimate the speed of moving sounds.”. Scientific Reports 5 (2015): 14054.
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