It's all about the transient: Intra-saccadic onset stimuli do not capture attention

  • Sebastiaan Mathôt Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam
  • Jan Theeuwes Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam
Keywords: attentional capture, visual transient, novel object, visual stability, change blindness, saccadic suppression, trans-saccadic integration

Abstract

An abrupt onset stimulus was presented while the participants' eyes were in motion. Because of saccadic suppression, participants did not perceive the visual transient that normally accompanies the sudden appearance of a stimulus. In contrast to the typical finding that the presentation of an abrupt onset captures attention and interferes with the participants' responses, we found that an intra-saccadic abrupt onset does not capture attention: It has no effect beyond that of increasing the set-size of the search array by one item. This finding favours the local transient account of attentional capture over the novel object hypothesis.
Published
02-05-2012
How to Cite
Mathôt, S., & Theeuwes, J. (2012). It’s all about the transient: Intra-saccadic onset stimuli do not capture attention. Journal of Eye Movement Research, 5(2). https://doi.org/10.16910/jemr.5.2.4
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