The disembodied eye: Consequences of displacing perception from action

Roberta L. Klatzky, Bing Wu, George Stetten

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

4 Scopus citations


In our research, people use actions to expose hidden targets as planar images displayed either in situ or ex situ (displaced remotely). We show that because ex situ viewing impedes relating actions to their perceptual consequences, it impairs localizing targets, including compensating for surface deformation, and directing movement toward them. Using a 3D analogue of anorthoscopic perception, we demonstrate that spatio-temporal integration of contiguous planar slices is possible when action and perception are co-located, but not when they are separated. Ex situ viewing precludes the formation of a spatial frame of reference that supports complex visualization from action.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2618-2626
Number of pages9
JournalVision Research
Issue number24
StatePublished - Dec 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Action
  • Anorthoscopic
  • Kinesthesis
  • Localization
  • Visualization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology
  • Sensory Systems


Dive into the research topics of 'The disembodied eye: Consequences of displacing perception from action'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this