Perceptual size discrimination requires awareness and late visual areas: A continuous flash suppression and interocular transfer study

Hayden J. Peel, Joshua A. Sherman, Irene Sperandio, Robin Laycock, Philippe Chouinard

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Abstract

We applied continuous flash suppression (CFS) during an interocular transfer paradigm to evaluate the importance of awareness and the contribution of early versus late visual structures in size recognition. Specifically, we tested if size judgements of a visible target could be influenced by a congruent or incongruent prime presented to the same or different eye. Without CFS, participants categorised a target as “small” or “large” more quickly when it was preceded by a congruent prime – regardless of whether the prime and target were presented to the same or different eye. Interocular transfer enabled us to infer that the observed priming was mediated by late visual areas. In contrast, there was no priming under CFS, which underscores the importance of awareness. We conclude that awareness and late visual structures are important for size perception and that any subconscious processing of the stimulus has minimal effect on size recognition.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-85
JournalConsciousness and Cognition
Volume67
Early online date12 Dec 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2019

Keywords

  • Size perception
  • Consciousness
  • Perceptual discrimination
  • Continuous flash suppression (CFS)
  • PrimingInterocular transfer

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