Upper Nasal Hemifield Location and Nonspatial Auditory Tones Accelerate Visual Detection during Dichoptic Viewing

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Visual performance is asymmetric across the visual field, but locational biases that occur during dichoptic viewing are not well understood. In this study, we characterized horizontal, vertical and naso-temporal biases in visual target detection during dichoptic stimulation and explored whether the detection was facilitated by non-spatial auditory tones associated with the target's location.

The detection time for single monocular targets that were suppressed from view with a 10 Hz dynamic noise mask presented to the other eye was measured at the 4 degrees intercardinal location of each eye with the breaking Continuous Flash Suppression (b-CFS) technique. Each target was either combined with a sound (i.e., high or low pitch tone) that was congruent or incongruent with its vertical location (i.e., upper or lower visual field) or presented without a sound. The results indicated faster detection of targets in the upper rather than lower visual field and faster detection of targets in the nasal than temporal hemifield of each eye. Sounds generally accelerated target detection, but the tone pitch-elevation congruency did not further enhance performance. These findings suggest that visual detection during dichoptic viewing differs from standard viewing conditions with respect to location-related perceptual biases and crossmodal modulation of visual perception. These differences should be carefully considered in experimental designs employing dichoptic stimulation techniques and in display applications that utilize dichoptic viewing.

TidskriftPLoS One
Antal sidor17
StatusPublicerad - 23 jul 2018
MoE-publikationstypA1 Tidskriftsartikel-refererad


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