Stream/bounce perception and the effect of depth cues in chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes).

Toyomi Matsuno, Masaki Tomonaga
DOI: 10.3758/s13414-011-0126-6


The stream/bounce display represents an ambiguous motion event in which two identical visual objects move toward one another and the objects overlap completely before they pass each another. In our perception, they can be interpreted as either streaming past one another or bouncing off each other. Previous studies have shown that the streaming percept of the display is generic for humans, suggesting the inertial nature of the motion integration process. In this study, chimpanzees took part in behavioral experiments using an object-tracking task to reveal the characteristics of their stream/bounce perception. Chimpanzees did not show a tendency toward a dominant “stream" perception of the stream/bounce stimulus. However, depth cues, such as X-junctions and local motion coherence, did promote the stream percept in chimpanzees. These results suggest both similarities and differences between chimpanzees and humans with respect to motion integration and object individuation processes.

Spatiotemporal integration, Bistable motion, Depth perception, Comparative cognition, Chimpanzee

Article Information
Matsuno T, Tomonaga M(2011)Stream/bounce perception and the effect of depth cues in chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes). Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics., Volume 73, Number 5, 1532-1545.