, Volume 72, Issue 6, pp 609-629

Object-based selection in the Baylis and Driver (1993) paradigm is subject to space-based attentional modulation

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Abstract

Three experiments re-examined Baylis and Driver’s (1993) strong evidence for object-based selection, that making relative apex location judgments is harder between two objects than within a single object, with object (figure-ground) segmentation determined solely by color-based perceptual set. Using variations of the Baylis and Driver paradigm, the experiments replicated a two-object cost. However, they also showed a large part of the two-object cost to be attributable to space-based factors, though there remained an irreducible cost consistent with ‘true’ object-based selection.