Object representations maintain attentional control settings across space and time

D.B.B. Schreij, C.N.L. Olivers

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Abstract

Previous research has revealed that we create and maintain mental representations for perceived objects on the basis of their spatiotemporal continuity. An important question is what type of information can be maintained within these so-called object files. We provide evidence that object files retain specific attentional control settings for items presented inside the object, even when it disappears from vision. The objects were entire visual search displays consisting of multiple items moving into and out of view. It was demonstrated that search was speeded when the search target position was repeated from trial to trial, but especially so when spatiotemporal continuity suggested that the entire display was the same object. We conclude that complete spatial attentional biases can be stored in an object file. © 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)111-116
JournalCognition
Volume113
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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