Disinhibition of Visually Masked Stimuli

  title={Disinhibition of Visually Masked Stimuli},
  author={Daniel N. Robinson},
  pages={157 - 158}
  • D. Robinson
  • Published 7 October 1966
  • Psychology, History
  • Science
Backward-masking conditions were established for a pair of circularpatch stimuli. A third stimulus was then selected so as to mask the second when the second and the third were presented in the absence of the first. When all three stimuli were presented in serial order, the first and third were reliably detected but the second was not. Apparently, by masking the second flash, the third "disinhibited" the first. 
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On the physiological basis of masking with dotted visual noise1
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Spatial disinhibition of orientation analyzers
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On the “recovery” of masked targets
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The relation of phenomenal brightness reversal and re-reversal to backward masking and recovery
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Disinhibition of masking in auditory sensory memory
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Visual adaptation in relation to brief conditioning stimuli
  • B. H. Crawford
  • Psychology, Biology
    Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B - Biological Sciences
  • 1947
The regularity of the rise of liminal test stimulus with decrease of the interval between it and the conditioning stimulus precludes any purely psychological explanation, and the effect is presumed to be due to some nervous interaction in the higher centres of visual reception.
Mineral Rept
  • (Ontario Dept. of Mines,
  • 1963