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Title: The role of peripheral vision in implicit contextual cuing
Authors: Castelo-Branco, Miguel 
Asselen, Marieke van 
Issue Date: Jan-2009
Publisher: Psychonomic Society
Citation: Attention, Perception & Psychophysics. 71:1 (2009) 76-81
Abstract: Implicit contextual cuing refers to the ability to learn the association between contextual information of our environment and a specific target, which can be used to guide attention during visual search. It was recently suggested that the storage of a snapshot image of the local context of a target underlies implicit contextual cuing. To make such a snapshot, it is necessary to use peripheral vision. In order to test whether peripheral vision can underlie implicit contextual cuing, we used a covert visual search task, in which participants were required to indicate the orientation of a target stimulus while foveating a fixation cross. The response times were shorter when the configuration of the stimuli was repeated than when the configuration was new. Importantly, this effect was still found after 10 days, indicating that peripherally perceived spatial context information can be stored in memory for long periods of time. These results indicate that peripheral vision can be used to make a snapshot of the local context of a target
ISSN: 1943-393X
DOI: 10.3758/APP
Rights: openAccess
Appears in Collections:FMUC Medicina - Artigos em Revistas Internacionais

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