Upper visual field advantage in localizing a target among distractors

Jing Feng

Department of Psychology, North Carolina State University, Campus Box 7650, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA

Ian Spence

Department of Psychology, University of Toronto, 100 St. George Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Abstract. Biases exist in many perceptual and cognitive functions. Since visual attention plays an important role in a wide range of perceptual and cognitive processes, any bias in the spatial distribution of attention is likely to be a significant source of perceptual and cognitive asymmetries. An attentional visual field task (AVF) requiring localization of a target among distractors was used to assess possible asymmetries in attentional processing in the vertical meridian. The results showed a bias favoring the upper visual field, suggesting a potentially important role of attention in perceptual and cognitive asymmetries.

Cite as: Feng J, Spence I, 2014, "Upper visual field advantage in localizing a target among distractors" i-Perception 5(2) 97–100; doi:10.1068/i0625rep
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DOI: 10.1068/i0625rep

ISSN: 2041-6695 (electronic only)

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