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Face-gender discrimination is possible in the near-absence of attention

Reddy, Leila and Wilken, Patrick and Koch, Christof (2004) Face-gender discrimination is possible in the near-absence of attention. Journal of Vision, 4 (2). Art. No. 4. ISSN 1534-7362.

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The attentional cost associated with the visual discrimination of the gender of a face was investigated. Participants performed a face-gender discrimination task either alone (single-task) or concurrently (dual-task) with a known attentional demanding task (5-letter T/L discrimination). Overall performance on face-gender discrimination suffered remarkably little under the dual-task condition compared to the single-task condition. Similar results were obtained in experiments that controlled for potential training effects or the use of low-level cues in this discrimination task. Our results provide further evidence against the notion that only low-level representations can be accessed outside the focus of attention.

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Additional Information:Copyright © 2004 by The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. Received May 27, 2003; published March 2, 2004. This study was supported by grants from the National Science Foundation-sponsored Engineering Research Center at Caltech, the National Institutes of Health, the Keck and McDonnell Foundations. PW is supported by a Caltech fellowship. We thank J. Braun and F.F. Li for suggestions regarding the experimental design, R. VanRullen and Lavanya Reddy for comments on the manuscript, and H. Bülthoff for access to the face database.
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Subject Keywords:attention, face-gender discrimination, dual-task
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Official Citation:Reddy, L., Wilken, P., & Koch, C. (2004). Face-gender discrimination is possible in the near-absence of attention. Journal of Vision, 4(2):4, 106-117,, doi:10.1167/4.2.4.
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