Attention Gates the Selective Encoding of Duration
AuthorMaarseveen, J; Hogendoorn, H; Verstraten, FAJ; Paffen, CLE
Source TitleScientific Reports
PublisherNATURE PUBLISHING GROUP
University of Melbourne Author/sHogendoorn, Jacob
AffiliationMelbourne School of Psychological Sciences
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsMaarseveen, J., Hogendoorn, H., Verstraten, F. A. J. & Paffen, C. L. E. (2018). Attention Gates the Selective Encoding of Duration. SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, 8 (1), https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-20850-y.
Access StatusOpen Access
The abundance of temporal information in our environment calls for the effective selection and utilization of temporal information that is relevant for our behavior. Here we investigated whether visual attention gates the selective encoding of relevant duration information when multiple sources of duration information are present. We probed the encoding of duration by using a duration-adaptation paradigm. Participants adapted to two concurrently presented streams of stimuli with different durations, while detecting oddballs in one of the streams. We measured the resulting duration after-effect (DAE) and found that the DAE reflects stronger relative adaptation to attended durations, compared to unattended durations. Additionally, we demonstrate that unattended durations do not contribute to the measured DAE. These results suggest that attention plays a crucial role in the selective encoding of duration: attended durations are encoded, while encoding of unattended durations is either weak or absent.
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