Endogenous attention modulates the temporal window of integration

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  • University of Trento


Constructing useful representations of our visual environment requires the ability to selectively pay attention to particular locations at specific moments. Whilst there has been much investigation on the influence of selective attention on spatial discrimination, less is known about its influence on temporal discrimination. In particular, little is known about how endogenous attention influences two fundamental and opposing temporal processes: segregation – the parsing of the visual scene over time into separate features, and integration – the binding together of related elements. In four experiments, we tested how endogenous cueing to a location influences each of these opposing processes. Results demonstrate a strong cueing effect on both segregation and integration. These results are consistent with the hypothesis that endogenous attention can influence both of these opposing processes in a flexible manner. The finding has implications for arbitrating between accounts of the multiple modulatory mechanisms comprising selective attention.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1214-1228
Number of pages15
JournalAttention, Perception, and Psychophysics
Issue number5
Early online date20 Mar 2018
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2018


  • Attention, Selective, Temporal processing