Attention, Perception and Psychophysics

Attention, Perception and Psychophysics is a journal covering sensory processes, perception, and psychophysics. Since it was founded in 1966 it is printed eight times a year in January, February, April, May, July, August, October, and November. The journal is published by Psychonomic Society.Subjects in Attention, Perception and Psychophysics include: Psychology and Psychiatry.

Articles from Vol. 72, No. 3, April

Abnormal Pitch-Time Interference in Congenital Amusia: Evidence from an Implicit Test
Congenital amusia, characterized by a severe problem in detecting anomalies in melodies, is a lifelong disorder that has been ascribed to an acoustical pitch deficit. In the present study, we investigated how the perception of a duration is altered when...
Abrupt Onsets Capture Attention Independent of Top-Down Control Settings II: Additivity Is No Evidence for Filtering
Is attentional capture contingent on top-down control settings or involuntarily driven by salient stimuli? Supporting the stimulus-driven attentional capture view, Schreij, Owens, and Theeuwes (2008) found that an onset distractor caused a response delay,...
An Intonational Cue to Word Segmentation in Phonemically Identical Sequences
We investigated the use of language-specific intonational cues to word segmentation in French. Participants listened to phonemically identical sequences such as /selafi?/, C'est la fiche/l'affiche "It's the sheet/poster." We modified the f0 of the first...
Are the Effects of Attention on Speed Judgments Genuinely Perceptual?
A number of studies in recent years have suggested that exogenous and endogenous attention might enhance the perceived magnitude of various perceptual attributes, such as contrast and motion speed. Those studies have generally used comparative judgments...
Comment and Response in Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics
In this issue, readers will find an exchange of views on the topic of visual neglect between Shomstein, Kimchi, Hammer, and Behrmann, on the one hand, and Milberg and McGlinchey, on the other (pp. 607-627). In this case, the exchange grew out of the...
Cues Controlling Social Interaction
GESTURE PRAGMATICS Cues Controlling Social Interaction Boker et al. (in press). Something in the way we move. JEP:HPP.When we talk to each other face to face, words are not all that pass between us. We are highly sensitive to verbal intonation and prosody,...
Effects of Intention and Learning on Attention to Information in Dynamic Touch
The current research distinguishes two types of attention shifts: those entailed by perceptual learning and those entailed by changing intention. In perceptual learning, participants given feedback have been shown to gradually shift attention toward...
Effects of Sign Language Experience on Categorical Perception of Dynamic ASL Pseudosigns
We investigated effects of sign language experience on deaf and hearing participants' categorical perception of minimal manual contrast stimuli that met key criteria of speech perception research. A continuum of meaningless dynamic stimuli was created...
Examination of Gaze Behaviors under in Situ and Video Simulation Task Constraints Reveals Differences in Information Pickup for Perception and Action
Gaze and movement behaviors of association football goalkeepers were compared under two video simulation conditions (i.e., verbal and joystick movement responses) and three in situ conditions (i.e., verbal, simplified body movement, and interceptive...
Exploratory Pressure Influences Haptic Shape Perception Via Force Signals
In this study of the haptic perception of small bumps, we investigated the influence of exploratory movement variation on signal integration and the percept's reliability. When sliding across a bump on a surface, the finger follows the geometry of the...
Eye-Movement-Driven Changes in the Perception of Auditory Space
The perceptual localization of sensory stimuli often depends on body position, and, when action is required, sensory coordinates must be transformed into a motor reference frame. We investigated the role of such a reference frame change on visual and...
From Reorienting of Attention to Biased Competition: Evidence from Hemifield Effects
When a distractor was presented simultaneously with or directly following a target, it produced more interference when it was presented in the same visual hemifield as the target than when it was presented in the opposite visual field. This result is...
Further Evidence for the Spread of Attention during Contour Grouping: A Reply to Crundall, Dewhurst, and Underwood (2008)
In a contour-grouping task, subjects decide whether contour elements belong to the same or different curves. Houtkamp, Spekreijse, and Roelfsema (2003) demonstrated that object-based attention spreads gradually over contour elements that have to be grouped...
Holistic Processing Underlies Gender Judgments of Faces
In three experiments, we investigated whether holistic processing underlies gender judgments about faces. Chinese participants were asked to make gender judgments for inverted, scrambled, or composite faces. Results showed that judgments were dramatically...
How Big Is the Gap between Olfactory Detection and Recognition of Aliphatic Aldehydes?
The aim of the present study was to determine the magnitude of the difference in concentration between olfactory detection and recognition thresholds of aliphatic aldehydes. To this end, we first determined olfactory detection thresholds for n-butanal,...
Individual Differences in Dispositional Focus of Attention Predict Attentional Blink Magnitude
When identifying two targets presented in a rapid serial visual presentation stream, one's accuracy on the second target is reduced if it is presented shortly (within 500 msec) after the first target-an attentional blink (AB). Individuals differ greatly...
Mental-State Attribution Drives Rapid, Reflexive Gaze Following
When presented with a face stimulus whose gaze is diverted, observers' attention shifts to locations fixated by the face. Such "gaze following" has been characterized by some previous studies as a consequence of sophisticated theory of mind processes,...
Much Ado about Perceptual Load
LOCUS OF ATTENTIONTsal & Benoni (in press). Diluting the burden of load. JEP:HPP.Lavie & Torralbo (in press). Dilution: A theoretical burden or just load? JEP:HPP.In this journal in 1994, Lavie and Tsal proposed a solution to the locusof- attention...
Nonspatial Interdimensional Attentional Capture
Accuracy in identifying a target is impaired by a task-irrelevant singleton distractor even when the target and distractor appear in the same location. However, whether this impairment, known as a nonspatial interdimensional attentional capture, is contingent...
Object-Based Eye Movements: The Eyes Prefer to Stay within the Same Object
The present study addressed the question of whether we prefer to make eye movements within or between objects. More specifically, when fixating one end of an object, are we more likely to make the next saccade within that same object or to another object?...
Perceptual Grouping Operates Independently of Attentional Selection: Evidence from Hemispatial neglect/Comment on Shomstein, Kimchi, Hammer, and Behrmann (2010): A Case Study in Methodological anosagnosia?/Conscious Awareness of Methodological Choices: A Reply to Milberg and McGlinchey (2010)
To what extent can human observers process visual information that is not currently the focus of attention? We evaluated the extent to which unattended visual information (i.e., that which appears on the neglected side of space in individuals with hemispatial...
Reduced Attentional Capture in Action Video Game Players
Recent studies indicate that playing action video games improves performance on a number of attention-based tasks. However, it remains unclear whether action video game experience primarily affects endogenous or exogenous forms of spatial orienting....
Spatial Updating of Dynamic Scenes: Tracking Multiple Invisible Objects across Viewpoint Changes
Research on dynamic attention has shown that visual tracking is possible even if the observer's viewpoint on the scene holding the moving objects changes. In contrast to smooth viewpoint changes, abrupt changes typically impair tracking performance....
Sweet Sounds-And Salty
SYNESTHESIACrisinel & Spence (2009). Implicit association between basic tastes and pitch. Neurosci Lett, 464, 39.Crisinel & Spence (in press). A sweet sound? Food names reveal implicit associations between taste and pitch. Perception.There are...
The Effects of Age on Channel Capacity for Absolute Identification of Tonal Duration
We compared the ability of younger and older adults to identify which 2-kHz tones of eight varying durations was presented on a trial with their ability to discriminate between adjacent pairs of duration-varying tones drawn from the same set. We used...
The Race Model Inequality for Censored Reaction Time Distributions
The race model inequality (RMI) introduced in Miller (1982) puts an upper limit on the amount of reaction time facilitation within the redundant-signals paradigm that is consistent with a race model. Here, it is shown through theoretical analysis and...
The Spatiotemporal Integration Window
FEATURE INTEGRATION The Spatiotemporal Integration Window Otto et al. (2009). Feature integration across space, time, and orientation. JEP:HPP, 35, 1670.Our knowledge regarding feature integration across space has become extensive through many years...
The Unilateral Field Advantage in Repetition Detection: Effects of Perceptual Grouping and Task Demands
This study examines interhemispheric interactions in detecting objects that are simultaneously repeated in an array of objects. Previous studies have shown that presenting two identical objects to a single hemifield speeds up repetition detection. This...
Timing and Time Perception: A Review of Recent Behavioral and Neuroscience Findings and Theoretical Directions
The aim of the present review article is to guide the reader through portions of the human time perception, or temporal processing, literature. After distinguishing the main contemporary issues related to time perception, the article focuses on the main...
Two Thumbs Up for the 1/f Structure of Motion Pictures
ATTENTIONAL DYNAMICS Two Thumbs Up for the 1/f Structure of Motion Pictures Cutting et al. (2010). Attention and the evolution of Hollywood film. Psychol Sci, 21, 432.What makes a good film? Cutting et al. show that answers to this question may be surprisingly...
Visual and Haptic Influence on Perception of Stimulus Size
In six experiments, subjects judged the sizes of squares that were presented visually and/or haptically, in unimodal or bimodal conditions. We were interested in which mode most affected size judgments in the bimodal condition when the squares presented...
When Do Microsaccades Follow Spatial Attention?
Following up on an exchange about the relation between microsaccades and spatial attention (Horowitz, Fencsik, Fine, Yurgenson, & Wolfe, 2007; Horowitz, Fine, Fencsik, Yurgenson, & Wolfe, 2007; Laubrock, Engbert, Rolfs, & Kliegl, 2007), we...
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