Recovery of Masked Visual Targets by Inhibition of the Masking Stimulus

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Science  15 Sep 1967:
Vol. 157, Issue 3794, pp. 1335-1336
DOI: 10.1126/science.157.3794.1335


Theories of visual backward masking all assume that a masked target is eliminated from the visual system. Experiments on reaction time to masked signals suggest otherwise, as does a recent demonstration that a masked target can be restored to phenomenal awareness by backward masking of the target's mask. Two experiments are reported here that substantiate the possibility of recovering a masked target, by using different stimulus materials and a more elaborate design than was employed in the first demonstration of this effect.