Transient spatial attention and the perceived duration of brief visual events

Yaffa Yeshurun, Golan Marom

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This study was designed to explore the effects of transient attention-the stimulus-driven component of spatial attention - on the perceived duration of a brief visual event. Observers had to compare the duration of two disks presented successively within a single trial. The disks' location and duration varied independently. One of these disks, the "attended disk", was preceded by an attentional cue indicating the disk's location, attracting transient attention in advanced to the disk location. This attentional cue was either a typical onset cue (Experiments 1, 2, and 4) or a singleton cue (Experiment 3) that minimized the differences between the cues. The other disk, the "neutral disk", was cued with a neutral cue that did not convey information regarding the disk location. We found that the attraction of transient attention to the location of the attended disk prolonged its perceived duration, but only when compared to brief nonattend stimuli.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)826-848
Number of pages23
JournalVisual Cognition
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2008

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Please address all correspondence to Yaffa Yeshurun, Department of Psychology, University of Haifa, Haifa, 31905, Israel. E-mail: This study was supported by the Israel Science Foundation (Grant no. 925/01-1) to YY. Part of this research formed the MA thesis of GM under the supervision of YY. We thank David Navon for his helpful comments on a draft of this manuscript.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Cognitive Neuroscience


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