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Incidental and non-incidental processing of biological motion: Orientation, attention and life detection
Department of Neurological, Neuropsychological, Morphological and Movement Sciences, Section of Physiology and Psychology, University of Verona, Strada Le Grazie, 8, 37143 Verona – Italy.
University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics. University of Skövde, The Informatics Research Centre.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1177-4119
University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics. University of Skövde, The Informatics Research Centre.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1227-6843
2013 (English)In: Cooperative Minds: Social Interaction and Group Dynamics: Proceedings of the 35th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society Berlin, Germany, July 31-August 3, 2013 / [ed] Markus Knauff, Michael Pauen, Natalie Sebanz & Ipke Wachsmuth, Cognitive Science Society, Inc., 2013, 1528-1533 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Based on the unique traits of biological motion perception, the existence of a “life detector”, a special sensitivity to perceiving motion patterns typical for animals, seems to be plausible (Johnson, 2006). Showing motion displays upside-down or with changes in global structure is known to disturb processing in different ways, but not much is known yet about how inversion affects attention and incidental processing. To examine the perception of upright and inverted point-light walkers regarding incidental processing, we used a flanker paradigm (Eriksen & Eriksen, 1974) adapted for biological motion (Thornton & Vuong, 2004), and extended it to include inverted and scrambled figures. Results show that inverted walkers do not evoke incidental processing and they allow high accuracy in performance only when attentional capacities are not diminished. An asymmetrical interaction between upright and inverted figures is found which alludes to qualitatively different pathways of processing.

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Cognitive Science Society, Inc., 2013. 1528-1533 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-8550ISBN: 978-0-9768318-9-1OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-8550DiVA: diva2:657037
CogSci 2013, 35th annual meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, July 31 - Saturday, August 3, 2013
Available from: 2013-10-17 Created: 2013-10-17 Last updated: 2014-09-08Bibliographically approved

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