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Maarten Demeyer, Peter De Graef, Johan Wagemans, Karl Verfaillie; Object form discontinuity facilitates displacement discrimination across saccades. Journal of Vision 2010;10(6):17. doi: https://doi.org/10.1167/10.6.17.
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Stimulus displacements coinciding with a saccadic eye movement are poorly detected by human observers. In recent years, converging evidence has shown that this phenomenon does not result from poor transsaccadic retention of presaccadic stimulus position information, but from the visual system's efforts to spatially align presaccadic and postsaccadic perception on the basis of visual landmarks. It is known that this process can be disrupted, and transsaccadic displacement detection performance can be improved, by briefly blanking the stimulus display during and immediately after the saccade. In the present study, we investigated whether this improvement could also follow from a discontinuity in the task-irrelevant form of the displaced stimulus. We observed this to be the case: Subjects more accurately identified the direction of intrasaccadic displacements when the displaced stimulus simultaneously changed form, compared to conditions without a form change. However, larger improvements were still observed under blanking conditions. In a second experiment, we show that facilitation induced by form changes and blanks can combine. We conclude that a strong assumption of visual stability underlies the suppression of transsaccadic change detection performance, the rejection of which generalizes from stimulus form to stimulus position.
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