Orientation asymmetry in the flanker task

Asher Cohen*, Rachel E. Shoup

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Experiments 1 and 2 of this study show that when the target is either a vertical or a horizontal line, diagonal-line flankers tilted 45° either to the right or to the left have the same effect as do incongruent flankers. When the target is a diagonal line tilted either to the right or to the left, vertical- or horizontal-line flankers do not have the same effect as do incongruent flankers. Experiment 3 demonstrates that this asymmetry is not caused by the temporal-dynamic aspects of the processing. Together, these experiments suggest that there is an asymmetrical relation between diagonal lines and either vertical or horizontal lines otttside of the central focus of attention. Experiment 4 shows that despite this asymmetry in the flanker task, visual search for a vertical- or a horizontal-line target among diagonal-line distractors is not affected by the number of distractors. Possible explanations of this phenomenon are discussed.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)693-703
Number of pages11
JournalPerception and Psychophysics
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1993
Externally publishedYes


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