The effects of relative stimulus contrast on temporal integration were investigated in a missing element task. Integration frequency was strongly modulated when the contrast of either the first or the second stimulus display was reduced. When the contrast of the first display was low, integration was enhanced, while it was reduced when the contrast of the second display was low. To reveal the processing phases implicated in these modulations of integration, the amplitude of ERP components was examined. N1 component amplitude was increased when the second display was low contrast, matching a full contrast condition. At the N2pc component, amplitude was strongly suppressed only in the former condition. P3 amplitude was also lowest when contrast on the second display was low but with successively increasing amplitudes observed for the other conditions, largely matching the pattern observed in behavioral performance. Taken together, contrast effects on temporal integration seem to originate from increased discriminative processing of the first stimulus display in particular (N1), which is consequently followed by an impairment in attentional processing (N2pc) and working memory consolidation (P3) of the missing element location.
- VISIBLE PERSISTENCE
- N2PC COMPONENT