Color selectivity of the spatial congruency effect: Evidence from the focused attention paradigm

Elena Makovac, Walter Gerbino

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Abstract

The multisensory response enhancement (MRE), occurring when the response to a visual target integrated with a spatially congruent sound is stronger than the response to the visual target alone, is believed to be mediated by the superior colliculus (SC) (Stein & Meredith, 1993). Here, we used a focused attention paradigm to show that the spatial congruency effect occurs with red (SC-effective) but not blue (SC-ineffective) visual stimuli, when presented with spatially congruent sounds. To isolate the chromatic component of SC-ineffective targets and to demonstrate the selectivity of the spatial congruency effect we used the random luminance modulation technique (Experiment 1) and the tritanopic technique (Experiment 2). Our results indicate that the spatial congruency effect does not require the distribution of attention over different sensory modalities and provide correlational evidence that the SC mediates the effect.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18-34
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of General Psychology
Volume141
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2014

Keywords

  • focused attention paradigm
  • multisensory response enhancement
  • random luminance modulation technique
  • superior colliculus
  • tritanopic technique

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Gender Studies
  • Medicine(all)

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