Mental set alters visibility of moving targets

Academic Article


  • An observer's knowledge of a moving target's direction and velocity enhances detectability. In addition, knowledge of direction and velocity speeds an observer's reaction to the motion of a previously stationary target. Since rival, nonperceptual hypotheses can be ruled out, these effects represent a direct modulation of vision by mental set.
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    Published In

  • Science  Journal
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Author List

  • Sekuler R; Ball K
  • Start Page

  • 60
  • End Page

  • 62
  • Volume

  • 198
  • Issue

  • 4312