Detection of Object Onset and Offset in Naturalistic Scenes

  • Maria J. Donaldson
  • Naohide Yamamoto
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7463)


The present study was conducted to investigate whether observers are equally prone to overlook any kinds of visual events in change blindness. Capitalizing on the finding from visual search studies that abrupt appearance of an object effectively captures observers’ attention, the onset of a new object and the offset of an existing object were contrasted regarding their detectability when they occurred in a naturalistic scene. In an experiment, participants viewed a series of photograph pairs in which layouts of seven or eight objects were depicted. One object either appeared in or disappeared from the layout, and participants tried to detect this change. Results showed that onsets were detected more quickly than offsets, while they were detected with equivalent accuracy. This suggests that the primacy of onset over offset is a robust phenomenon that likely makes onsets more resistant to change blindness under natural viewing conditions.


Change blindness change detection scene onset offset 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maria J. Donaldson
    • 1
  • Naohide Yamamoto
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyCleveland State UniversityClevelandUSA

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