Visual Masking

Studying Perception, Attention, and Consciousness


  • Talis Bachmann, University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia
  • Gregory Francis, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA

Visual masking is a technique used in cognitive research to understand pre-conscious processes (priming, for example), consciousness, visual limits, and perception issues associated with psychopathology. This book is a short format review of research using visual masking: how it has been used, and what these experiments have discovered.Topics covered include concepts, varieties, and theories of masking; masking and microgenetic mechanisms and stagesof visual processing; psychopharmacological and genetic factors in masking, and more.
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Cognitive Psychologists, specifically those interested in memory, attention, and priming.


Book information

  • Published: November 2013
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-800250-6

Table of Contents

The Concept of Masking, Varieties of Masking, and Main Theories of Masking
Learning and individual Differences in Masking
Criterion Contents and Subjective Contents in Masking
Masking and Attention: Pre- and Posttarget Effects
Masking and Attention: OSM
Masking and NCC
Masked Priming and Unconscious Processing
How Masking Depends on the Visual characteristics of the Target and Mask Stimuli
Uncovering the Microgenetic Mechanisms and Stages of Visual Processing by Masking
Novel Approaches in Masking Research
Masking by TMS
Modeling and Theoretical Accounts of Masking
Psychopharmacological and Genetic Factors in Masking
Applied Aspects of Masking Research: Medicine and Technology
Generalizations and Conclusions