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Non-binding relationship between visual features.

Rangelov, D; Zeki, S; (2014) Non-binding relationship between visual features. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience , 8 , Article 749. 10.3389/fnhum.2014.00749. Green open access

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Abstract

The answer as to how visual attributes processed in different brain loci at different speeds are bound together to give us our unitary experience of the visual world remains unknown. In this study we investigated whether bound representations arise, as commonly assumed, through physiological interactions between cells in the visual areas. In a focal attentional task in which correct responses from either bound or unbound representations were possible, participants discriminated the color or orientation of briefly presented single bars. On the assumption that representations of the two attributes are bound, the accuracy of reporting the color and orientation should co-vary. By contrast, if the attributes are not mandatorily bound, the accuracy of reporting the two attributes should be independent. The results of our psychophysical studies reported here supported the latter, non-binding, relationship between visual features, suggesting that binding does not necessarily occur even under focal attention. We propose a task-contingent binding mechanism, postulating that binding occurs at late, post-perceptual (PP), stages through the intervention of memory.

Type: Article
Title: Non-binding relationship between visual features.
Location: Switzerland
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.3389/fnhum.2014.00749
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fnhum.2014.00749
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2014 Rangelov and Zeki. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) or licensor are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.
Keywords: focal attention, multinomial models, object binding, perceptual asynchrony, visual perception
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1464362
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