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ERIC Number: EJ879485
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0096-1523
Salience Is Only Briefly Represented: Evidence from Probe-Detection Performance
Donk, Mieke; Soesman, Leroy
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, v36 n2 p286-302 Apr 2010
Salient objects in the visual field tend to capture attention. The present study aimed to examine the time-course of salience effects using a probe-detection task. Eight experiments investigated how the salience of different orientation singletons affected probe reaction time as a function of stimulus onset asynchrony (SOA) between the presentation of a singleton display and a probe display. The results demonstrate that salience consistently affected probe reaction time at the shortest SOA. The effect of salience disappeared as SOA increased. These results suggest that contrary to the assumption of major theories on visual selection, salience is transiently represented in our visual system allowing the effects of salience on attentional selection to be only short-lived. (Contains 6 tables, 9 figures and 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Netherlands (Amsterdam)