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Reducing color-color interference by optimizing selection for action.
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PMID:  7708897     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Color-color interference refers to the finding that the naming of a target color is hampered by the simultaneous presentation of an incongruent distractor color somewhere else in the visual field. This interference effect has been attributed to an imperfect input selection (selection-for-processing). We test an alternative account in which it is assumed that (a) target and distractor are identified in parallel without mutual interference, (b) the identified target color has to be selected to control the naming response (selection-for-action), and (c) this selection process takes more time and is less accurate in the incongruent condition than in the control conditions. Experiment 1 shows that color-color interference obtained when a target color, presented at the point of fixation, is flanked by incongruent colors. In Experiments 2 and 3, the central target position is indicated by an additional exogenous selection cue. The results show that an abrupt-onset cue, presented at the central target position 160 ms after the onset of the target and distractors, reduces the interference effect. This finding is interpreted as supporting evidence for a selection-for-action account of color-color interference.
W La Heij; N A Kaptein; A C Kalff; L de Lange
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Psychological research     Volume:  57     ISSN:  0340-0727     ISO Abbreviation:  Psychol Res     Publication Date:  1995  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1995-05-09     Completed Date:  1995-05-09     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0435062     Medline TA:  Psychol Res     Country:  GERMANY    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  119-30     Citation Subset:  IM    
University of Leiden, Unit of Experimental and Theoretical Psychology, The Netherlands.
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MeSH Terms
Color Perception*
Discrimination Learning*
Pattern Recognition, Visual*
Reaction Time
Verbal Behavior
Visual Fields*

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