Inhibitory interaction: The effects of multiple non-predictive visual cues

Visser, Troy A. W. and Barnes, Daniel (2010) Inhibitory interaction: The effects of multiple non-predictive visual cues. Psychological Research, 74 6: 532-544. doi:10.1007/s00426-010-0278-3

Author Visser, Troy A. W.
Barnes, Daniel
Title Inhibitory interaction: The effects of multiple non-predictive visual cues
Journal name Psychological Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0340-0727
Publication date 2010-11-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s00426-010-0278-3
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 74
Issue 6
Start page 532
End page 544
Total pages 13
Place of publication Heidleberg, Germany
Publisher Springer
Language eng
Subject C1
1701 Psychology
Abstract We investigated whether the spruce seed moth (Cydia strobilella L., Tortricidae: Grapholitini), an important pest in seed orchards of Norway spruce (Picea abies (L.) Karst.), can make use of the spectral properties of its host when searching for flowers to oviposit on. Spectral measurements showed that the flowers, and the cones they develop into, differ from a background of P. abies needles by a higher reflectance of long wavelengths. These differences increase as the flowers develop into mature cones. Electroretinograms (ERGs) in combination with spectral adaptation suggest that C. strobilella has at least three spectral types of photoreceptor; an abundant green-sensitive receptor with maximal sensitivity at wavelength λmax=526nm, a blue-sensitive receptor with λmax=436nm, and an ultraviolet-sensitive receptor with λmax=352nm. Based on our spectral measurements and the receptor properties inferred from the ERGs, we calculated that open flowers, which are suitable oviposition sites, provide detectable achromatic, but almost no chromatic contrasts to the background of needles. In field trials using traps of different spectral properties with or without a female sex pheromone lure, only pheromone-baited traps caught moths. Catches in baited traps were not correlated with the visual contrast of the traps against the background. Thus, visual contrast is probably not the primary cue for finding open host flowers, but it could potentially complement olfaction as a secondary cue, since traps with certain spectral properties caught significantly more moths than others.
Formatted abstract
When the interval between a non-predictive cue and a target appearing at the same spatial location is longer than about 200 ms, target performance is typically poorer than when the cue and target appear at different locations. Recent studies have shown that this effect, known as inhibition of return (IOR), can occur at multiple cued locations, and is enhanced when multiple cues are presented at the same spatial location. However, little is known about how the magnitude of IOR at one spatial location is influenced by a subsequent or preceding cue presented at a different spatial location. We investigated this issue by presenting single or multiple cues at varying inter-cue intervals prior to target onset. Results suggest that the magnitude of IOR at a given location is influenced by the presentation of a preceding cue, but that once IOR occurs, it is unaffected by the presentation of a subsequent cue. © 2010 Springer-Verlag.
Keyword Examining inhibition
Increases inhibition
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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