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We have used a novel task to study relationships between perception and action. Four experiments studied stimulus-response (S-R) relationships under conditions in which stimuli and responses were functionally unrelated (i.e., not assigned to each other by instruction) and merely overlapped in time. On each trial, participants carried out movements on a(More)
Three experiments investigated the impact of planning and preparing a manual grasping or pointing movement on feature detection in a visual search task. The authors hypothesized that action planning may prime perceptual dimensions that provide information for the open parameters of that action. Indeed, preparing for grasping facilitated detection of size(More)
The present article deals with the question of automaticity and/or plasticity of processes in early vision. The detection of irregularities in an otherwise homogeneous surrounding, as studied in texture segmentation tasks, is considered an example of an automatic process in the processing of visual information. Participants in texture segmentation(More)
Searching for a target among many distracting context elements might be an easy or a demanding task. Duncan and Humphreys (Duncan, J., Humphreys, G.W., 1989. Visual search and stimulus similarity. Psychol. Rev. 96, 433-458) showed that not only the target itself plays a role in the difficulty of target detection. Similarity among context elements and(More)
"Parallel" visual search and effortless texture segmentation were believed to rely on similar mechanisms until Wolfe [Vis. Res. 32 (1992) 757] demonstrated that efficient visual search and effortless texture segmentation are not always the same thing. In a recent study, Meinecke and Donk [Perception 31 (2002) 591] varied display size in a pop-out task and(More)
In two experiments we studied how motor responses affect stimulus encoding when stimuli and responses are functionally unrelated and merely overlap in time. Such R-S effects across S-R assignments have been reported by Schubö, Aschersleben, and Prinz (2001), who found that stimulus encoding was affected by concurrent response execution in the sense of a(More)
Two mechanisms are said to be responsible for guiding focal attention in visual selection: bottom-up, saliency-driven capture and top-down control. These mechanisms were examined with a paradigm that combined a visual search task with postdisplay probe detection. Two SOAs between the search display and probe onsets were introduced to investigate how(More)
Detecting pop-out targets is often considered as a fast, spontaneous and preattentive process. In most experimental studies, however, the observer's attention is explicitly focused on the detection task. We investigated pop-out detection under varying attention conditions: when pop-out displays were (a) not attended and not relevant, (b) attended and(More)