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   2011, Vol. 19 Issue (3) : 301-311     DOI:
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Biological Motion Perception: The Roles of Global Configuration and Local Motion
JIANG Yi;WANG Li
(1 Key Laboratory of Mental Health, Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, China)
(2 Graduate School, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100039, China)
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Abstract  Humans are remarkably adept at recognizing the motion of biological entities in complex visual scenes, even when it is depicted with a handful of point-lights attached to the head and major joints. Though much simplified, such point-light biological motion consists of both global configuration and local motion trajectories. Whereas most previous studies have emphasized the contribution of global form to biological motion perception, it has recently been shown that local biological motion can be processed independent of global configuration, revealing that local biological motion alone carries unique biological properties. Taken together, the evidence so far suggests that biological motion perception is a multilevel process in which each level makes distinct contributions.
Keywords biological motion      inversion effect      global configuration      local motion     
Corresponding Authors: JIANG Yi   
Issue Date: 15 March 2011
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JIANG Yi,WANG Li. Biological Motion Perception: The Roles of Global Configuration and Local Motion[J]. , 2011, 19(3): 301-311.
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