Visuospatial perception is not affected by self-related information

Antonia F Ten Brink* (Corresponding Author), Rebecca de Haan, Daan R Amelink, Anniek N Holweg, Jie Sui, Janet H Bultitude

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Previous research suggests that attention is drawn by self-related information. Three online experiments were conducted to investigate whether self-related stimuli alter visuospatial perceptual judgments. In a matching task, associations were learned between labels ('Yourself'/friend/stranger's name) paired with cues. Cues were coloured outlines (Experiment 1, N = 135), geometric shapes (Experiment 2, N = 102), or coloured gradients (Experiment 3, N = 110). Visuospatial perception bias was measured with a greyscales task. Cues were presented prior to, and/or alongside greyscales. We hypothesized there would be a bias towards the self-related cue. In all experiments, we found a self-related bias in the matching task. Furthermore, there was an overall leftward visuospatial perceptual bias (pseudoneglect). However, we found anecdotal to moderate evidence for the absence of an effect of self-related cues on visuospatial perception judgments. Although self-related stimuli influence how our attention is oriented to stimuli, attention mechanisms that influence perceptual judgements are seemingly not affected by a self-bias.

Original languageEnglish
Article number103451
Number of pages16
JournalConsciousness and Cognition
Early online date21 Jan 2023
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2023


  • Humans
  • Visual Perception
  • Functional Laterality
  • Photic Stimulation
  • Space Perception
  • Learning


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