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Effects of supervised and unsupervised categorization on visual and haptic object representations

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Cooke,  T
Department Human Perception, Cognition and Action, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society;
Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society;

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Wallraven,  C
Department Human Perception, Cognition and Action, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society;
Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society;

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Bülthoff,  H
Department Human Perception, Cognition and Action, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society;
Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society;

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Cooke, T., Wallraven, C., & Bülthoff, H. (2006). Effects of supervised and unsupervised categorization on visual and haptic object representations. Poster presented at 7th International Multisensory Research Forum (IMRF 2006), Dublin, Ireland.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0013-D159-9
Abstract
The way we perceive objects can be shaped by how we learn to categorize them, such as increasing the saliency of diagnostic dimensions, but most evidence of this comes from unimodal studies in vision. Does category learning have comparable effects when objects are perceived using touch? In this study, subjects learned to categorize a set of 25 novel, 3D objects which varied parametrically in shape and texture, using either vision or touch, and then provided similarity ratings on the objects. Multidimensional scaling (MDS) was used to construct a perceptual stimulus space and estimate the relative importance of shape and texture dimensions for each subject. The effects of categorization were quantified by comparing dimension weights when similarity ratings were performed 1) without prior categorization experience, 2) after an unsupervised categorization task, and 3) after a supervised task in which subjects learned groupings based on texture. In preliminary results (5 subjects per condition), significant diffe rences between unimodal dimension weights found in condition 1 (shape dominating for vision; shape and texture equally weighted for touch) were not observed in conditions 2 and 3. These findings suggest that externally as well as internally-guided categorization could serve as a mechanism for reducing initial differences in unimodal representations of novel objects.