The School of Psychology proudly presents:
The Psychonomic Seminar Series 2007
Pulling the stuffing out of the teddy bear of ignorance using the meat hook of empiricism
This coming Friday at 3pm in room 304 (Psychology), we have a special Psychonomics Seminar in which we bring you two prestigious presentations which are about to be made at forthcoming high-profile conferences. Not only will you get to hear the talks before other experts in the field, but you can view both speakers from the comfort of your very own School of Psychology.
First, the awe-inspiring Brenda Ocampo will talk about: Facilitation of responses to degraded targets by non-degraded distractors. Then, the scintillating Megan Preece will explain, The contribution of pre-existing depression to the acute cognitive sequelae of mild traumatic brain injury.
It is well-established that distractors interfere with goal-directed responses (Eriksen & Eriksen, 1974; Flowers & Wilcox, 1982; Lavie & Tsal, 1994; Beck & Lavie, 2005). Recent trends in the field have examined the role of object dimensions (particulary in relation to task-relevance) in the planning and execution of goal-directed action (Remington & Folk, 2001; Folk & Remington, 2004). It has been argued that the features that are crucial in object recognition are conjunctions (that is, the corners of objects; Biederman, 1987; Biederman & Cooper, 1991). Consistent with Biederman (Biederman, 1987; Biederman & Cooper, 1992) our recent findings indicate that the presence of vertices in (degraded) distractors is particularly important in response times and accuracy to non-degraded targets (Kritikos & Pavlis, in revision; Hluchanic & Kritikos, in preparation). In this study, we ask whether responses to degraded targets (corners missing or line segments missing) may be facilitated by non-degraded distractors, particularly when attention is cued (endogenously