An electrophysiological assessment of distractor suppression in visual search tasks

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An electrophysiological assessment of distractor suppression in visual search tasks

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Title: An electrophysiological assessment of distractor suppression in visual search tasks
Author: Mazza, Veronica; Turatto, Massimo; Caramazza, Alfonso

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Citation: Mazza, Veronica, Massimo Turatto, and Alfonso Caramazza. 2009. “An Electrophysiological Assessment of Distractor Suppression in Visual Search Tasks.” Psychophysiology 46 (4) (July): 771–775. doi:10.1111/j.1469-8986.2009.00814.x.
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Abstract: We investigated whether the N2pc is unequivocally linked to distractor-suppression mechanisms, as is commonly assumed. According to the distractor-suppression account of the N2pc, no suppression, and thus no N2pc, should occur when homogeneous distractors help in selecting the target, such as when the target feature is unpredictable. Participants performed a simple detection or a finer discrimination on a singleton target, which had either a variable or a constant color. Contrary to the distractor-suppression account, an N2pc was present for both the variable and the constant conditions, and for both tasks. Additionally, target feature consistency correlated with earlier N2pc onsets relative to variable blocks. Both results indicate that the N2pc is not unequivocally linked to distractor-suppression mechanisms, but may index mechanisms involved in identifying and localizing relevant stimuli through enhancement of their features.
Published Version: doi:10.1111/j.1469-8986.2009.00814.x
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