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    Attention and feature binding in the temporal domain

    Zivony, Alon and Eimer, Martin (2024) Attention and feature binding in the temporal domain. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review , ISSN 1069-9384.

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    Abstract

    Previous studies have shown that illusory conjunction can emerge for both spatially and temporally proximal objects. However, the mechanisms involved in binding in the temporal domain are not yet fully understood. In the current study, we investigated the role of attentional processes in correct and incorrect temporal binding, and specifically how feature binding is affected by the speed of attentional engagement. In two experiments, participants searched for a target in a rapid serial visual presentation stream and reported its colour and alphanumeric identity. Temporal binding errors were frequent. Critically, when participants reported the identity of a distractor instead of a target, they were also more likely to report the colour of this distractor. This association was observed both within and between individuals. These findings suggest that attentional engagement facilitates the binding of temporally co-occurring features. We discuss these results within a ‘diachronic’ framework of selective attention, and also consider other factors that contribute to temporal binding errors.

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    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Martin Eimer
    Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2024 13:39
    Last Modified: 18 Apr 2024 00:10
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/53227

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