Psychonomic Science

, Volume 29, Issue 6, pp 345–347 | Cite as

The effect of accessory auditory stimulation upon detection of visual signals

  • Dennis M. Maloney
  • Robert B. Welch
Perception & Performance Performance


The study examined the effect of a continuous 1,000-Hz 80-dB accessory tone upon the detectability of a visual stimulus presented to the peripheral retina. All Ss received the primary visual stimulus both with and without an accessory auditory stimulus. Detection of the visual stimulus was measured by means of a forced-choice indicator. The presence of the accessory tone significantly decreased the percentage of light detections. An unexpected finding was that incorrect responses were unequally distributed among the four observation intervals. It was concluded that continuous intense accessory auditory stimulation inhibits visual sensitivity.


Auditory Stimulus Incorrect Response Trial Block Observation Interval Peripheral Retina 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dennis M. Maloney
    • 1
  • Robert B. Welch
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of KansasLawrenceUSA

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