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  • Editors: Heiko Hecht, Geert Savelsbergh
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080481388

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Time-to-contact is the visual information that observers use in fundamental tasks such as landing an airplane or hitting a ball. Time-to-contact has been a hot topic in perception and action for many years and although many articles have been published on this topic, a comprehensive overview or assessment of the theory does not yet exist. This book fills an important gap and will have appeal to the perception and action community. The book is divided into four sections. Section one covers the foundation of time-to-contact, Section two covers different behavioral approaches to time-to-contact estimation, Section three focuses on time-to-contact as perception and strategy, and Section four covers time-to-contact and action regulation.


Psychologists, physiologists, biologists, and physicists interested in perception and action.

Table of Contents

  • Theories of Time-to-Contact Judgment. (H. Hecht, G.J.P. Savelsbergh). Part I. Foundations of Time-to-Contact.
    The Biological Bases of Time-to-Collision Computation. (B.J. Frost, Hongjin Sun).
    Building Blocks for Time-to-Contact Estimation by the Brain. (M. Lappe).
    Predicting Motion: A Psychophysical Study. L.M. Vaina, F. Giulianini).
    Collisions: Getting Them Under Control. (J.M. Flach et al.). Part II: Different Behavioral Approaches to Time-to-Contact Estimation.
    Optical Information for Collision Detection During Deceleration. (G.J. Anderson, C.W. Sauer).
    Interceptive Action: What's Time-to-Contact got to do with it? (J.R. Tresilian).
    The Information-Based Control of Interceptive Timing: A Developmental Perspective. (P. von Hof, J. van der Kamp, G.J.P. Savelsbergh).
    A Step by Step Approach to Research on Time-to-Contact and Time-to-Passage. (D. Regan, R. Gray). Textured Tau. (K. Landwehr). Part III. Time-to-
    Contact as Perception and Strategy.

    Multiple Sources of Information Influence Time-to-Contact Judgments: Do Heuristics Accommodate Limits in Sensory and Cognitive Processes? (P.R. DeLucia).
    How Now, Broad Tau? (M.K. Kaiser, W.W. Johnson). The Use of Binocular Time-to-Contact Information. (R. Gray, D. Regan).
    Interception of Projectiles, from when and where to where once. (S.K. Rushton).
    Acoustic Information for Timing. (C. Button, K. Davids).Part VI: Time-to-Contact and Action Regulation.
    Why Tau is Probably not Used to Guide Reaches. (G.P. Bingham, F.T.J.M. Zaal).
    The Use of Time-to-Contact Information for the Initiation of Hand Closure in Natural Prehension. (F.T.J.M. Zaal, R.J. Bootsma).
    Another Timing Variable Composed of State Variables:
    Phase Perception and Phase Driven Oscillators. (G.P. Bingham).
    The Fallacious Assumption of Time-to-Contact Perception in the Regulation of Catching and Hitting. (S. Caljoux, J. van der Kamp, G.J.P. Savelsbergh).
    How Time-to-Contact is Involved in the Regulation of Goal-Directed Locomotion. (G. Montague et al.). Subject Index. Author Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 522
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier Science 2004
  • Published: May 6, 2004
  • Imprint: Elsevier Science
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080481388

About the Editors

Heiko Hecht

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Mainz, Germany

Geert Savelsbergh

Affiliations and Expertise

Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

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