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Lauren N. Hecht, Shaun P. Vecera; Delayed offset detection on figures relative to backgrounds. Journal of Vision 2011;11(13):15. doi: https://doi.org/10.1167/11.13.15.
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Recent research suggests that perceptual processing begins earlier for figures than for background regions (B. D. Lester, L. N. Hecht, & S. P. Vecera, 2009). This “prior entry” effect begins to account for reported figural benefits. However, another difference in perceptual processing may also contribute to these observed reports: Figures may also be afforded additional perceptual processing. The current experiments examined this claim and provide evidence that targets presented on figures are perceived as offsetting later than targets appearing on grounds, suggesting extended processing of figures relative to background regions.
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