Intrusion patterns in rapid serial visual presentation tasks with two response dimensions

Percept Psychophys. 1992 Nov;52(5):547-52. doi: 10.3758/bf03206716.


A rapid serial visual presentation (RSVP) paradigm using both one and two response dimensions was used to test parallel processing models of stimulus dimensions. Fifty subjects were asked to report the identity and/or color of a target uppercase word inserted in a series of lowercase words. The results produced a predominance of posttarget intrusions for color responses and a predominance of pretarget intrusions for identity responses. The requirement of a response to a second dimension impaired hit rates but did not change the pattern of intrusions. An examination of the distributions of intrusions in each response dimension as a function of the response given to the other dimension showed an unexpectedly high percentage of simultaneous hits, a moderate covariation between both responses, and the same patterns of intrusions when compared with the general distributions. While these results seem to be compatible with parallel models of processing for stimulus dimensions, two modifications to this model are suggested. First, the processing of response dimension(s) needs some attentional resources. Second, provision for a mixed model is indicated, which would include trials where no illusory conjunctions are formed.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Attention*
  • Color Perception*
  • Humans
  • Optical Illusions*
  • Pattern Recognition, Visual*
  • Psychophysics
  • Semantics
  • Serial Learning*