Journal article

Attentional mechanisms in visual signal detection: The effects of simultaneous and delayed noise and pattern masks

Philip L Smith, Bradley J Wolfgang

PERCEPTION & PSYCHOPHYSICS | PSYCHONOMIC SOC INC | Published : 2007

Abstract

The attentional cuing effects in detection and some discrimination tasks depend on the use of backward masks and on the presence of external noise in the display. These effects have been attributed to an interruption masking mechanism, which terminates stimulus processing prematurely, and an external noise exclusion mechanism, which minimizes the perceptual effects of noise. To test whether the dependencies on masking and external noise are expressions of a single mechanism, observers detected grating patch stimuli, masked with noise masks or pattern masks, presented either simultaneously or after a delay of 60-90 msec. Contrary to an external noise exclusion account, but consistent with an ..

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