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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

jing_feng@ncsu.edu

Ian Spence

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

ian.spence@utoronto.ca

   

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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