Priming From Distractors in Rapid Serial Visual Presentation Is Modulated by Image Properties and Attention

Irina M. Harris*, Claire T. Benito, Paul E. Dux

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    Abstract

    We investigated distractor processing in a dual-target rapid serial visual presentation (RSVP) task containing familiar objects, by measuring repetition priming from a priming distractor (PD) to Target 2 (T2). Priming from a visually identical PD was contrasted with priming from a PD in a different orientation from T2. We also tested the effect of attention on distractor processing, by placing the PD either within or outside the attentional blink (AB). PDs outside the AB induced positive priming when they were in a different orientation to T2 and no priming, or negative priming, when they were perceptually identical to T2. PDs within the AB induced positive priming regardless of orientation. These findings demonstrate (1) that distractors are processed at multiple levels of representation; (2) that the view-specific representations of distractors are actively suppressed during RSVP; and (3) that this suppression fails in the absence of attention.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1595-1608
    Number of pages14
    JournalJournal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance
    Volume36
    Issue number6
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2010

    Keywords

    • Attentional blink
    • Distractor inhibition
    • Distractor processing
    • Object orientation

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