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TiCC Colloquium: Marcus Huff

What: The missing link: Perceiving and remembering dynamic events
Where: CZ 110
When: Wednesday, 10 October 2018, 12:45 - 13:45 hours


The comprehension of dynamic naturalistic events poses at least two challenges to the cognitive system: filtering relevant information with attention and dealing with information that was missing or missed. In a recent publication, we have shown that the completion of missing information can be described as a basic perceptual-cognitive process, that is independent of participants' expertise as elite referees showed similar effects than novices when watching and remembering football clips (Brockhoff, Huff, Maurer, & Papenmeier, 2016; CR:PI). With four further experiments, we studied the completion of missing information despite full attention. Participants watched short soccer video clips and we informed participants that we removed a critical moment of ball contact in half of the clips. We asked participants to detect whether these moments of ball contact were present or absent. In Experiment 1, participants gave their detection responses either right during an event or delayed after an event. Although participants directed their full attention toward the critical contact moment, they were more likely to indicate seeing the actually missing ball contact if it was followed by a causally matching scene than if it was followed by an unrelated scene, both for the immediate and delayed responses. Thus, event completion occurs quickly. In Experiment 2, only a causally matching scene but neither a white mask nor an irrelevant scene caused the completion of missing information. This indicates that the completion of missing information is caused by backward inferences rather than predictive perception. In Experiment 3, we showed that event completion occurs right during a trial and does not depend on expectations built up after seeing the same causality condition multiple times. In Experiment 4, we linked our findings to event cognition by asking participants to perform a natural segmentation task. We conclude that observers complete missing information during coherent events based on a fast backward inference mechanism even when directing their attention toward the missing information.

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When: 10 October 2018 12:45

End date: 10 October 2018 13:45