On spatial attention and its field size on the repulsion effect

Elizabeth K. Cutrone, David J. Heeger, Marisa Carrasco

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We investigated the attentional repulsion effect-stimuli appear displaced further away from attended locations-in three experiments: one with exogenous (involuntary) attention, and two with endogenous (voluntary) attention with different attention-field sizes. It has been proposed that differences in attention-field size can account for qualitative differences in neural responses elicited by attended stimuli. We used psychophysical comparative judgments and manipulated either exogenous attention via peripheral cues or endogenous attention via central cues and a demanding rapid serial visual presentation task.We manipulated the attention field size of endogenous attention by presenting streams of letters at two specific locations or at two of many possible locations during each block. We found a robust attentional repulsion effect in all three experiments: with endogenous and exogenous attention and with both attention-field sizes. These findings advance our understanding of the influence of spatial attention on the perception of visual space and help relate this repulsion effect to possible neurophysiological correlates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number8
JournalJournal of vision
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2018


  • Attention-field size
  • Endogenous attention
  • Exogenous attention
  • Repulsion effect

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology
  • Sensory Systems


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