Repetition blindness for rotated objects

William G. HAYWARD*, Guomei ZHOU, Wai Fung MAN, Irina M. HARRIS

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Repetition blindness (RB) is the finding that observers often miss the repetition of an item within a rapid stream of words or objects. Recent studies have shown that RB for objects is largely unaffected by variations in viewpoint between the repeated items. In 5 experiments, we tested RB under different axes of rotation, with different types of stimuli (line drawings and shaded images, intact and split), using both novel and familiar objects. Although RB was largely viewpoint invariant, in most experiments, RB was reduced for small (0°) and large (180°) viewpoint differences relative to intermediate rotations. However, these deviations from invariance were eliminated when object images were split, breaking the holistic coherence of the object. These findings suggest that RB is due mainly to the activation of object representations from local diagnostic features, but can be modulated by priming on the basis of view similarity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-73
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2010
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

This research was supported by grants from the Hong Kong Research Grants Council (HKU 4260/03H and HKU 7440/08H) to William G. Hayward, the Australian Research Council (DP0879206) to Irina M. Harris and William G. Hayward, and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (30700230) to Guomei Zhou. Guomei Zhou was supported by a “One-Hundred-Talent Plan” Fellowship of Sun Yat-Sen University and Irina M. Harris by an ARC Queen Elizabeth II Fellowship.
Parts of this research were presented at the 5th Annual Meeting of Vision Sciences Society, 2005, and at the 48th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, 2007. We thank Hoi-Yan Lam, and Keung-Tat Lee for their assistance in carrying out the research project.


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