Pointing to the temporal modulation of attentional effects on face categorisation

G. Quek, M. Finkbeiner

Research output: Contribution to journalMeeting abstract


A range of experimental paradigms and clinical case studies have now demonstrated the unique resilience
of faces to attentional modulation. The present study sought to examine the effect of tightly controlled
spatial and temporal attention on the processing of masked face stimuli. Using a sensitive continuous
measure, reaching trajectories, we have shown that masked faces produce priming irrespective of how
well attention is focussed in space or time. Nevertheless, by examining reaching responses as a function
of target viewing time, we have demonstrated for the first time that the timecourse of masked priming
is subject to modulation by both spatial and temporal attention. When attention is optimally focussed,
subjects need to view the target for a shorter length of time to produce reliable priming
Original languageEnglish
Article number16
Pages (from-to)125-125
Number of pages1
Issue number1 supplement
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Event35th European Conference on Visual Perception - Alghero, Italy
Duration: 2 Sep 20126 Sep 2012

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