Inhibition of object identity in inhibition of return:implications for encoding and retrieving inhibitory processes


Inhibition of return (IOR) effects, in which participants detect a target in a cued box more slowly than one in an uncued box, suggest that behavior is aided by inhibition of recently attended irrelevant locations. To investigate the controversial question of whether inhibition can be applied to object identity in these tasks, in the present research we presented faces upright or inverted during cue and/or target sequences. IOR was greater when both cue and target faces were upright than when cue and/or target faces were inverted. Because the only difference between the conditions was the ease of facial recognition, this result indicates that inhibition was applied to object identity. Interestingly, inhibition of object identity affected IOR both whenencoding a cue face andretrieving information about a target face. Accordingly, we propose that episodic retrieval of inhibition associated with object identity may mediate behavior in cuing tasks.

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Divisions: College of Health & Life Sciences > School of Psychology
College of Health & Life Sciences > Clinical and Systems Neuroscience
College of Health & Life Sciences > School of Optometry > Centre for Vision and Hearing Research
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Uncontrolled Keywords: inhibition of return effect
Publication ISSN: 1531-5320
Last Modified: 04 Jan 2024 08:18
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2014 14:15
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Published Date: 2005-06
Authors: Grison, Sarah
Paul, Matthew A.
Kessler, Klaus (ORCID Profile 0000-0001-7307-9539)
Tipper, Steven P.



Version: Accepted Version

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