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Three experiments examined nonspatial extinction in G.K., a patient with bilateral parietal damage. Experiment 1 demonstrated nonspatial extinction (poor detection of a weak relative to a stronger perceptual group), even when the stronger group was less complex than the weaker group. Experiment 2 showed improved report of a letter falling at the location of the stronger group, but explicit judgments of the location of the letter were at chance. Experiment 3 replicated the object-cuing benefit, though G.K. could not discriminate whether a letter fell at the same location as the stronger perceptual group. The data indicate coupling between object- and space-based attention, so that spatial attention is drawn to the location occupied by the winner of object-based competition for selection. In this case, what cues where. This coupling operates implicitly, even when explicit location judgments are impaired.

Original publication




Journal article


Psychol Sci

Publication Date





487 - 492


Agnosia, Attention, Brain Damage, Chronic, Cerebral Infarction, Cues, Dominance, Cerebral, Extinction, Psychological, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Neuropsychological Tests, Occipital Lobe, Orientation, Parietal Lobe, Pattern Recognition, Visual, Syndrome, Temporal Lobe