Sensing without seeing in comparative visual search

Galpin, AJ ORCID:, Underwood, G and Chapman, P 2008, 'Sensing without seeing in comparative visual search' , Consciousness and Cognition, 17 (3) , pp. 658-673.

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Rensink [Rensink, R. A. (2004). Visual sensing without seeing. Psychological Science, 15(1), 27–32] has presented evidence suggesting visual changes may be sensed without an accompanying visual experience. Here, we report two experiments in which we monitored observers’ eye-movements whilst they searched for a difference between two simultaneously presented images and pressed separate response keys when a difference was seen or sensed. We first assessed whether sensing performance was random by collecting ratings of confidence in the validity of sensing and assessing gaze location during sensing. Sensing was not random: fixation position and confidence ratings were different when a difference was present compared to catch trials. Furthermore, the uniformity of objects in the images and the type of difference appear to affect seeing and sensing differently, suggesting that these processes are dissociated. The possibility is discussed of a sensing mechanism that increases vigilance toward unconsciously registered differences, particularly changes to scene layout.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Applied Research in Health, Welfare and Policy
Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Health Sciences Research
Journal or Publication Title: Consciousness and Cognition
Publisher: Elsevier
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1053-8100
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Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2011 10:33
Last Modified: 26 Nov 2018 10:28

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