Visual crowding at a distance during predictive remapping

Harrison, William J., Retell, James D., Remington, Roger W. and Mattingley, Jason B. (2013) Visual crowding at a distance during predictive remapping. Current Biology, 23 9: 793-798. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2013.03.050

Author Harrison, William J.
Retell, James D.
Remington, Roger W.
Mattingley, Jason B.
Title Visual crowding at a distance during predictive remapping
Journal name Current Biology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0960-9822
Publication date 2013-05-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.cub.2013.03.050
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 23
Issue 9
Start page 793
End page 798
Total pages 6
Place of publication Cambridge, MA, United States
Publisher Cell Press
Language eng
Subject 1300 Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
1100 Agricultural and Biological Sciences
Abstract When we move our eyes, images of objects are displaced on the retina, yet the visual world appears stable. Oculomotor activity just prior to an eye movement contributes to perceptual stability by providing information about the predicted location of a relevant object on the retina following a saccade [1, 2]. It remains unclear, however, whether an object's features are represented at the remapped location. Here, we exploited the phenomenon of visual crowding [3] to show that presaccadic remapping preserves the elementary features of objects at their predicted postsaccadic locations. Observers executed an eye movement and identified a letter probe flashed just before the saccade. Flanking stimuli were flashed around the location that would be occupied by the probe immediately following the saccade. Despite being positioned in the opposite visual field to the probe, these flankers disrupted observers' ability to identify the probe. Crucially, this "remapped crowding" interference was stronger when the flankers were visually similar to the probe than when the flanker and probe stimuli were distinct. Our findings suggest that visual processing at remapped locations is featurally dependent, providing a mechanism for achieving perceptual continuity of objects across saccades.
Keyword Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Cell Biology
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Cell Biology
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Grant ID DP0666772
Institutional Status UQ

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