Motion onset does not capture attention when subsequent motion is "smooth"
Sunny, Meera Mary and von Mühlenen, Adrian. (2011) Motion onset does not capture attention when subsequent motion is "smooth". Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, Vol.18 (No.6). pp. 1050-1056. ISSN 1069-9384
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.3758/s13423-011-0152-3
Previous research on the attentional effects of moving objects has shown that motion per se does not capture attention. However, in later studies it was argued that the onset of motion does capture attention. Here, we show that this motion-onset effect critically depends on motion jerkiness—that is, the rate at which the moving stimulus is refreshed. Experiment 1 used search displays with a static, a motion-onset, and an abrupt-onset stimulus, while systematically varying the refresh rate of the moving stimulus. The results showed that motion onset only captures attention when subsequent motion is jerky (8 and 17 Hz), not when it is smooth (33 and 100 Hz). Experiment 2 replaced motion onset with continuous motion, showing that motion jerkiness does not affect how continuous motion is processed. These findings do not support accounts that assume a special role for motion onset, but they are in line with the more general unique-event account.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Science > Psychology|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Motion perception (Vision), Attention -- Testing|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Psychonomic Bulletin & Review|
|Publisher:||Springer New York LLC|
|Page Range:||pp. 1050-1056|
|Access rights to Published version:||Open Access|
|Funder:||University of Warwick|
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