Adaptive event integration in the missing element task

Gulsen Balta*, Monicque M. Lorist, Elkan G. Akyurek

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Evidence for adaptive event integration has previously been provided using the Rapid Serial Visual Presentation (RSVP) task. However, it is not straightforward to generalize this finding to other types of tasks that measure temporal integration, because integration in such tasks is known to vary, depending on the method that is used. This variability has been seen as an indication that integration may result from more than a single type of perceptual persistence, and that different integration tasks may not tap into same type of persistence. Therefore, we investigated whether adaptive control of integration in the RSVP task can be replicated using another technique for measuring temporal integration, which may rely more on low-level mechanisms, namely the dot-array integration or Missing Element Task (MET). As in the RSVP studies, stimulus speed expectancy was presently manipulated. The results indicated that integration performance in the MET was not subject to adaptive control. We argue that this discrepancy with previous RSVP studies can most likely be attributed to a specific difference in the type of persistence underlying task performance. Temporal integration in the MET might rely mostly on visible persistence, while for the RSVP task integration relies more on informational persistence. The present findings suggest that, contrary to informational persistence, visible persistence may not be susceptible to adaptive control.

Original languageEnglish
Article number103065
Number of pages7
JournalActa Psychologica
Publication statusPublished - May-2020



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