Changing objects lead to briefly flashed ones

Sheth, Bhavin R, Nijhawan, Romi and Shimojo, Shinsuke (2000) Changing objects lead to briefly flashed ones. Nature Neuroscience, 3. pp. 489-495. ISSN 1097-6256

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Continuous, predictable events and spontaneous events may coincide in the visual environment. For a continuously moving object, the brain compensates for delays in transmission between a retinal event and neural responses in higher visual areas. Here we show that it similarly compensated for other smoothly changing features. A disk was flashed briefly during the presentation of another disk of continuously changing color, and observers compared the colors of the disks at the moment of flash. We also tested luminance, spatial frequency and pattern entropy; for all features, the continuously changing item led the flashed item in feature space. Thus the visual system's ability to compensate for delays in information about a continuously changing stimulus may extend to all features. We propose a model based on backward masking and priming to explain the phenomenon.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Second author
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Depositing User: Romi Nijhawan
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 15:45
Last Modified: 25 Jul 2013 14:56
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