Pointing to the temporal modulation of attentional effects on face categorisation

G. Quek, M. Finkbeiner

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    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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