Salience is only briefly represented: Evidence from probe detection performance

M. Donk, L. Soesman

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Salient objects in the visual field tend to capture attention. The present study aimed to examine the time-course of salience effects using a probe-detection task. Eight experiments investigated how the salience of different orientation singletons affected probe reaction time as a function of stimulus onset asynchrony (SOA) between the presentation of a singleton display and a probe display. The results demonstrate that salience consistently affected probe reaction time at the shortest SOA. The effect of salience disappeared as SOA increased. These results suggest that contrary to the assumption of major theories on visual selection, salience is transiently represented in our visual system allowing the effects of salience on attentional selection to be only short-lived. © 2010 American Psychological Association.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)286-302
JournalJournal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2010


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