Figural Aftereffects and Spatial Attention

Su Ling Yeh, I. Ping Chen, Karen K. De Valois*, Russell L. De Valois

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Distracting attention away from the location of an adaptation figure reduces the positional shift of a displaced test figure in the figural aftereffect (FAE). Participants performed an alignment task after adaptation involving various manipulations of spatial attention. In 1 condition, participants counted how often numbers occurred in an alphanumeric sequence presented during adaption. (The sequence also appeared in a comparison condition, but no attention was required.) The FAE was reduced when the alphanumeric sequence attended to was in the center of the display while the adaptation figure was 3° eccentric but not when the pattern was superimposed on the adaptation figure. Forced attention to 1 feature of the adaptation figure, its orientation, did not reduce the FAE (Experiment 3). To obtain a maximum FAE, the span of attention must cover the adaptation figure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)446-460
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1996


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