Intertrial temporal contextual cuing: Association across successive visual search trials guides spatial attention

Fuminori Ono, Yuhong Jiang, Jun Ichiro Kawahara

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Abstract

Contextual cuing refers to the facilitation of performance in visual search due to the repetition of the same displays. Whereas previous studies have focused on contextual cuing within single-search trials, this study tested whether 1 trial facilitates visual search of the next trial. Participants searched for a T among Ls. In the training phase, the spatial layout on trial N-1 was predictive of the target location on trial N. In the testing phase, the predictive value was removed. Results revealed an intertrial temporal contextual cuing effect: Search speed became progressively shorter in the training phase, but it significantly lengthened during testing. The authors conclude that the visual system is capable of retaining spatial contextual memory established earlier to facilitate perception.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)703-712
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance
Volume31
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2005

Keywords

  • Contextual cuing
  • Implicit memory
  • Intertrial association
  • Visual attention
  • Visual search

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