The effects of temporal synchrony on the perceived organization of elements in spatially symmetric and asymmetric grids

A. Parton, N. Donnelly*, Marius Usher

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Abstract

Three experiments were conducted to investigate the influence of fast temporally segmented presentations of alternate rows or columns on the perception of grids of either symmetrically or asymmetrically spaced dot-like stimuli. Experiments 1a and 1b demonstrated that observers were able to discriminate between temporally segmented presentations of rows/columns stimuli, but showed a reduced performance in discrimination between non-temporally segmented stimuli and temporally segmented stimuli that were spatially unstructured. Experiment 2 confirmed the influence of temporally segmented presentations of rows and columns using elements whose mean luminance summed to the same as the display background. Experiment 3 demonstrated that the influence of temporal cues reduced when display elements were asymmetrically spaced. The results are discussed in terms of the influence of external spatio-temporal factors on the neural mechanisms of visual grouping.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)637-654
Number of pages18
JournalVisual Cognition
Volume8
Issue number3-5
DOIs
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes

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