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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Yang, Eunice
Author's Email Address eunice.yang21@gmail.com
URN etd-08312011-093001
Title The Analysis of Continuous Flash Suppression
Degree PhD
Department Psychology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Randolph Blake Committee Chair
Keywords
  • interocular suppression
  • binocular rivalry
  • continuous flash suppression
Date of Defense 2011-08-22
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
The current study is the first to systematically investigate the suppressive characteristics underlying continuous flash suppression (CFS). In a series of experiments, I showed that CFS operates by selectively attenuating or abolishing certain low-level signals while leaving others to be potentially encoded during suppression. This feature-selective bias in suppression may be attributed to the spatio-temporal properties of the CFS stimulus and the properties shared with the suppressed stimulus. Findings from the current study suggest that the process in which CFS erases awareness alters the fidelity of the stimulus representation and underscore the importance of considering the contribution of low-level features in stimulus-driven effects that are reported under suppression. Furthermore, these findings implicate the involvement feature-selective mechanisms in neural concomitants of suppression.
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