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Fusion of competing features is not serial

Herzog, Michael H. and Parish, Landi and Koch, Christof and Fahle, Manfred (2003) Fusion of competing features is not serial. Vision Research, 43 (18). pp. 1951-1960. ISSN 0042-6989. doi:10.1016/S0042-6989(03)00278-5.

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How features of an object are bound into a unique percept is one of the puzzling problems in the cognitive and neuro-sciences. In order to investigate the spatio-temporal mechanisms of feature binding, we serially present two verniers with opposite offset directions for very short durations. Only one vernier is perceived with its offset dominated by the vernier presented second. This dominance reverses if the two verniers are followed by masking gratings, i.e. the first presented vernier dominates performance. Therefore, feature fusion can neither be explained completely by spatially local mechanisms nor by the temporal order of appearance of elements.

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Additional Information:Received 7 April 2001; received in revised form 11 September 2002. c2003 Elsevier Science Ltd. M. Herzog was supported by a fellowship from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (Forschungsstipendium) and by the SFB 517 “Neurocognition” of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). C. Koch received funding from the Keck Foundation, NIMH and the NSF-sponsored Engineering Research Center at Caltech. Sven Heinrich’s and Marc Repnow’s help in setting up the equipment and maintaining the computers was invaluable. We like to thank Bruno Breitmeyer and Talis Bachmann for very useful discussions.
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Official Citation:Michael H Herzog, Landi Parish, Christof Koch, Manfred Fahle, Fusion of competing features is not serial, Vision Research, Volume 43, Issue 18, August 2003, Pages 1951-1960, ISSN 0042-6989, (
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