Psychological Research

, Volume 70, Issue 2, pp 103–116 | Cite as

Visual search for a motion singleton among coherently moving distractors

  • Ulrich AnsorgeEmail author
  • Ingrid Scharlau
  • Kirsten Labudda
Original Article


In the current study, we tested whether search for a visual motion singleton presented among several coherently moving distractors can be more efficient than search for a motion stimulus presented with a single distractor. Under a variety of conditions, multiple spatially distributed and coherently moving distractors facilitated search for a uniquely moving target relative to a single-motion-distractor condition (Experiments 1, 3, and 4). Color coherencies among static distractors were not equally effective (Experiments 1 and 2). These results confirm that humans are highly sensitive to antagonistically directed motion signals in backgrounds compared with spatially more confined regions of visual images.


Incongruent Condition Congruent Condition Distractor Condition Motion Block Color Singleton 
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Supported by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft Grant NE 366/6–2 to Odmar Neumann. We thank Herbert Heuer, Hermann Müller, Odmar Neumann, and an anonymous reviewer for insightful comments on earlier drafts of the current manuscript, Eva Böcker for assistance in conducting the experiments, and Heike Hartwig-Jakobs for help with the final preparation of the manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ulrich Ansorge
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ingrid Scharlau
    • 1
  • Kirsten Labudda
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyBielefeld UniversityBielefeldGermany

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