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Illusory reversal of temporal order: the bias to report a dimmer stimulus as the first.
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PMID:  14642896     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
When two objects are presented in rapid succession, observers find it difficult to discriminate their temporal order. Below certain limit (e.g., 20-70 ms), the rate of correct temporal order judgement is reported to be about 50% (i.e., close to chance level). However we have found stimulus conditions where order discrimination drops significantly below chance level: the stimulus that is presented as the second is reported as the first. It is necessary that the stimuli are very brief, spatially overlapping, clear-cut backward and forward masking is absent, stimulus onset asynchronies are very short, and luminance contrast of the following stimulus is considerably lower than luminance contrast of the first stimulus. The higher the contrast ratio, the stronger the order reversal effect. However, because also in the conditions where the two stimuli are presented synchronously, the dimmer target is perceived as the first, the effect should be attributed to some implicit bias which enforces subjects to regard a more contrasted stimulus as the one that appears subsequent to the less contrasted stimulus.
Talis Bachmann; Endel Põder; Iiris Luiga
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Vision research     Volume:  44     ISSN:  0042-6989     ISO Abbreviation:  Vision Res.     Publication Date:  2004 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-12-03     Completed Date:  2004-04-16     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0417402     Medline TA:  Vision Res     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  241-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Estonian Center of Behavioural and Health Sciences, University of Tartu, Kaarli puiestee 3, Tallinn 10119, Estonia.
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MeSH Terms
Optical Illusions*
Perceptual Distortion*
Photic Stimulation*

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