July 2013
Volume 13, Issue 9
Vision Sciences Society Annual Meeting Abstract  |   July 2013
Multiple Object Tracking: Support for Hemispheric Independence
Author Affiliations
  • Daryl Wilson
    Psychology Department, Queen's University
  • Michael O'Grady
    Psychology Department, Queen's University
  • Jason Rajsic
    Psychology Department, Queen's University
Journal of Vision July 2013, Vol.13, 1295. doi:https://doi.org/10.1167/13.9.1295
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      Daryl Wilson, Michael O'Grady, Jason Rajsic; Multiple Object Tracking: Support for Hemispheric Independence. Journal of Vision 2013;13(9):1295. doi: https://doi.org/10.1167/13.9.1295.

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Using a variant of the multiple object tracking paradigm, Alvarez and Cavanagh (2005) showed that as the task became more demanding, tracking performance was significantly more accurate when targets were distributed between the left and right hemifields compared to when they were presented within a single hemifield. Based on this result, they proposed a hemispheric independence capacity account suggesting that there are independent resources for tracking in each hemifield. In the current study, we tested an alternative distribution account which suggested that the spatial distribution of the tracked objects was the factor underlying their results. In sixteen conditions, we manipulated the distribution of the targets (vertical or horizontal), the positioning of the distribution (within one side, both sides central, or both sides peripheral), the motion of the targets (within- or cross-hemifield), and the number of tracked objects (2 or 4). While the distribution of objects had a small influence on tracking performance, the largest factor influencing tracking performance was whether all stimuli were presented within the same hemifield or not. In sum, the results were largely inconsistent with the distribution account and provided support for the hemispheric independence account.

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