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Statistical regularities induce spatial as well as feature-specific suppression

We are constantly extracting regularities from the visual environment to optimize attentional orienting. Here we examine the phenomenon that recurrent presentation of distractors in a specific location leads to its attentional suppression. …

Manuscript accepted for publication in Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance!

Our recent paper on spatial and feature-specific distractor suppression just got accepted for publication in Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Performance and Perception. In this paper, we show that spatial suppression due to statistical regularities regarding the distractor is a consequence of spatial as well as feature-specific suppression components.

Spatial suppression due to statistical regularities is driven by distractor suppression not target activation

Where and what we attend to is not only determined by what we are currently looking for but also by what we have encountered in the past. Recent studies suggest that biasing the probability by which distractors appear at locations in visual space may …

Manuscript accepted for publication in Attention, Perception and Psychophysics!

Our recent paper on distractor suppression just got accepted for publication in Attention, Perception and Psychophysics. In this paper, we address the possibility that previously observed spatial suppression is actually target enhancement. In two experiments, we show that (I) spatial suppression is not observed when there are only spatial regularities regarding the target, and that (II) spatial suppression is observed as a consequence of spatial regularities regarding the distractor even if there are no spatial regularities regarding the target.

Another manuscript published in PsyArXiv!

We just uploaded a new manuscript on PsyArXiv. We report our recent findings on distractor suppression. We show that spatial suppression due to statistical regularities regarding the distractor is a consequence of spatial as well as feature-specific suppression components.

Manuscript published in PsyArXiv!

We just uploaded a new manuscript on PsyArXiv in which we address the possibility that previously observed spatial suppression is actually target enhancement. In two experiments, we show that (I) spatial suppression is not observed when there are only spatial regularities regarding the target, and that (II) spatial suppression is observed as a consequence of spatial regularities regarding the distractor even if there are no spatial regularities regarding the target. We conclude that spatial suppression is the result of spatial regularities regarding the distractor and not the target; and that the mechanism is location suppression and not target enhancement.

Selection history: How reward modulates selectivity of visual attention

Visual attention enables us to selectively prioritize or suppress information in the environment. Prominent models concerned with the control of visual attention differentiate between goal-directed, top-down and stimulus-driven, bottom-up control, …

People look at the object they fear: oculomotor capture by stimuli that signal threat

It is known that people covertly attend to threatening stimuli even when it is not beneficial for the task. In the current study we examined whether overt selection is affected by the presence of an object that signals threat. We demonstrate that …

For What It's Worth: Reward Value Drives Visual Selective Attention

Don’t let it distract you: how information about the availability of reward affects attentional selection

Previous research has shown that attentional selection is affected by reward contingencies: previously selected and rewarded stimuli continue to capture attention even if the reward contingencies are no longer in place. In the current study, we …