Disinhibition of Visually Masked Stimuli

Science  07 Oct 1966:
Vol. 154, Issue 3745, pp. 157-158
DOI: 10.1126/science.154.3745.157


Backward-masking conditions were established for a pair of circularpatch stimuli. A third stimulus was then selected so as to mask the second when the second and the third were presented in the absence of the first. When all three stimuli were presented in serial order, the first and third were reliably detected but the second was not. Apparently, by masking the second flash, the third "disinhibited" the first.