Psychological Research

, Volume 76, Issue 6, pp 730–735 | Cite as

Spatial orienting of attention in stereo depth

  • Dieter Bauer
  • Axel Plinge
  • Walter H. Ehrenstein
  • Gerhard Rinkenauer
  • Marc GrosjeanEmail author
Original Article


The aim of this study was to investigate the spatial orienting of visual attention in depth under purely stereoscopic viewing conditions. Random-dot stereograms were used to present disparity-defined target stimuli that were either validly or invalidly cued in depth. In separate tasks, participants responded either to the relative depth of the target (protruding vs. receding) or to its shape (square vs. diamond). Stimulus onset asynchronies (SOAs) between an uninformative exogenous cue and target were varied from 250 to 600 ms. For both tasks, mean response times (RTs) were shorter for validly than invalidly cued target depths and this RT advantage was essentially restricted to the shortest SOA of 250 ms. These results indicate that attention can be reflexively allocated to locations in stereo depth under conditions of low perceptual load, and independent of whether depth is relevant to the task or not.


Stimulus Onset Asynchrony Perceptual Load Invalid Trial Binocular Disparity Reflexive Orienting 
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We would like thank Ursula Bauer for her valuable feedback as test observer, Stephanie Jainta for her advice, and two anonymous reviewers for constructive comments.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dieter Bauer
    • 1
  • Axel Plinge
    • 1
  • Walter H. Ehrenstein
    • 1
  • Gerhard Rinkenauer
    • 1
  • Marc Grosjean
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Leibniz Research Centre for Working Environment and Human FactorsDortmundGermany

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