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Common region wins the competition between extrinsic grouping cues: Evidence from a task without explicit attention to grouping

Common region wins the competition between extrinsic grouping cues: Evidence from a task without explicit attention to grouping

Published in: Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, Volume 24, Issue 6, December 2017, 1856-1861

Abstract
“The competition between perceptual grouping factors is a relatively ignored topic, especially in the case of extrinsic grouping cues (e.g., common region or connectedness). Recent studies have examined the integration of extrinsic cues using tasks that induce selective attention to groups based on different grouping cues. However, this procedure could generate alternative strategies for task performance, which are non-related to the perceptual grouping operations. In the current work, we used an indirect task, i.e. repetition discrimination task, without explicit attention to grouping cues to further examine the rules that govern dominance between competing extrinsic grouping factors. This procedure allowed us to obtain an unbiased measure of the competition between common region and connectedness cues acting within the same display. The results corroborate previous data showing that grouping by common region dominated the perceived organization of the display, even though the phenomenological strength of the grouping cues was equated for each participant by means of a preliminary scaling task. Our results highlight the relevance of using indirect tasks as an essential tool for the systematic study of the integration of extrinsic grouping cues.”

Written by: Pedro R. Montoro, Cristina Villalba-Garcia, Dolores Luna, José A. Hinojosa
For full text: https://doi.org/10.3758/s13423-017-1254-3

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