Evidence for holistic representations of ignored images and analytic representations of attended images

Thoma, Volker and Hummel, John E. and Jules, Davidoff (2004) ‘Evidence for holistic representations of ignored images and analytic representations of attended images’, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 30(2), pp. 257-267. (doi:10.1037/0096-1523.30.2.257).

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Abstract

According to the hybrid theory of object recognition (Hummel, 2001), ignored object images are represented holistically, and attended images both holistically and analytically. This account correctly predicts patterns of visual priming as a function of translation, scale (Stankiewicz & Hummel, 2000) and left-right reflection (Stankiewicz, Hummel & Cooper, 1998). The model also predicts that priming for attended images will generalize over configural distortions (split images) whereas priming for ignored images will not. Three experiments tested and confirmed this prediction. Split images visually primed their intact and split counterparts when they were attended but not when they were ignored, whereas intact images primed themselves whether they were attended or not. The data contribute to the growing body of evidence that one function of visual attention is to permit the generation of explicitly relational representations of object shape.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Citation: Thoma, V., Hummel, J.E., Davidoff, J. (2004) ‘Evidence for Holistic Representations of Ignored Images and Analytic Representations of Attended Images.’ Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 30(2), 257-267..
Divisions: Schools > Psychology, School of
Depositing User: Mr Stephen Grace
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2012 11:31
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2013 10:19
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10552/1468

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