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J Exp Psychol Hum Percept Perform. 2000 Oct;26(5):1534-48.

Spatial attention: different mechanisms for central and peripheral temporal precues?

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Department of Psychology, University of Southern California, Los Angeles 90089-1061, USA. zhonglin@rcf.usc.edu

Abstract

The external noise paradigm (Z.-L. Lu & B. A. Dosher, 1998) was applied to investigate mechanisms of spatial attention in location precuing. Observers were precued or simultaneously cued to identify 1 of 4 pseudocharacters embedded in various amounts of external noise. The cues were either central or peripheral. Both central and peripheral precuing significantly reduced threshold in the presence of high external noise (16% and 17.5%). Only peripheral precuing significantly reduced threshold in the presence of low, or no, external noise (11%). A perceptual template model identified different mechanisms of attention for central and peripheral precuing, external noise exclusion for central precuing, and a combination of external noise exclusion and stimulus enhancement (or equivalently, internal additive noise reduction) for peripheral cuing.

PMID:
11039483
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