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Illusory double flashes can speed up responses like physical ones: evidence from the sound-induced flash illusion.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21818631     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
When a single brief flash is accompanied by two auditory beeps, participants often report perceiving two flashes. The present experiment examined whether the perception of illusory redundant flashes can result in faster responses as compared to the perception of a single flash, because previous research has shown such a redundancy gain for physical stimuli. To this end, participants were asked to respond as rapidly as possible to the onset of any flash. Following their response, they additionally indicated whether they perceived a single flash or a double flash. Most importantly, we observed significant shorter reaction times in response to redundant flashes, irrespective of whether they were physically presented or illusorily perceived. Taken together, our results suggest that an illusory percept can affect simple reaction time in much the same manner as the corresponding physical stimulation.
Anja Fiedler; Julie L O'Sullivan; Hannes Schröter; Jeff Miller; Rolf Ulrich
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2011-08-05
Journal Detail:
Title:  Experimental brain research     Volume:  214     ISSN:  1432-1106     ISO Abbreviation:  Exp Brain Res     Publication Date:  2011 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-09-07     Completed Date:  2012-01-10     Revised Date:  2013-12-13    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0043312     Medline TA:  Exp Brain Res     Country:  Germany    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  113-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Acoustic Stimulation
Analysis of Variance
Auditory Perception / physiology*
Illusions / physiology*
Photic Stimulation
Reaction Time / physiology
Visual Perception / physiology*
Young Adult

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