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The effects of spatial attention on temporal integration

Feature fusion reflects temporal integration. Previous studies mostly employed foveal presentations with no attention manipulation. In this study we examined the effects of sustained spatial attention on temporal integration using feature-fusion with peripheral presentation. We used a typical feature fusion display. A vernier and anti-vernier stimuli (vernier with offset in the opposite direction than the first vernier) were presented in rapid succession in one of 2 possible locations, at 2° of eccentricity. The attended condition involved endogenous attention manipulation achieved through holding the location of the stimuli constant for the whole block (i.e., the stimuli were always presented to the right of the fixation). Thus, in this condition there was no spatial uncertainty. In the unattended condition, the stimuli could appear either to the right or left of the fixation with equal probability, generating spatial uncertainty. We found considerable feature fusion in the attended condition, suggesting that feature fusion can also occur with peripheral presentation. However, no feature fusion was found without attention (i.e., when there was uncertainty regarding the stimuli location), suggesting that spatial attention improves temporal integration. We are currently conducting similar experiments using different attentional cues to manipulate transient attention.

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