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Spatial displacement, but not temporal asynchrony, destroys figural binding

Fahle, Manfred and Koch, Christof (1995) Spatial displacement, but not temporal asynchrony, destroys figural binding. Vision Research, 35 (4). pp. 491-4. ISSN 0042-6989. doi:10.1016/0042-6989(94)00126-7.

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What are the elementary features that the brain uses to bind spatially distinct parts in a visual scene into an unitary percept of an “object”? The Gestalt psychologists emphasized the extent to which motion, colour, luminance or spatial arrangement contribute towards object formation. Little is known about the role of timeper se, rather than motion, in constituting an object. In particular, does the visibility or saliency of an object change if the various parts making up the object are not presented simultaneously? Using a simple experimental design, we show that very small spatial displacements can significantly influence the saliency of an object while large temporal asynchrony has no significant effect.

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Additional Information:Received 14 April 1994; in revised form 27 May 1994. ©1995 Elsevier Science Ltd. This research is supported by the National Science Foundation, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (Fa 119/5-2, Heisenberg Program). C.K. would like to gratefully acknowledge the hospitality of the Institute for Theoretical Physics, Eidgenossische Technische Hochschule, Zurich, Switzerland during his sabbatical. M.F. would like to thank M. Repnow and C. Winter for writing the computer code and H. Weller and A. Hildinger for technical assistance.
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Deutsche ForschungsgemeinschaftFa 119/5-2
Subject Keywords:Time; Figure-ground; Rivalry; Kanisza triangle; Synchronization
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Official Citation:Manfred Fahle, Christof Koch, Spatial displacement, but not temporal asynchrony, destroys figural binding, Vision Research, Volume 35, Issue 4, February 1995, Pages 491-494, ISSN 0042-6989, (
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