Prof. Dr. Võ

Scene context effects on semantic object categorizations

Project C7 combines psychophysics, eye tracking and EEG recordings to obtain a better grip on how scene context exerts influence on object categorization. We will test how different types of global and local scene information affect object processing, specifically semantic processing by use of object-scene inconsistencies. Global information will for example include manipulating a scene’s spatial frequencies, while local processing will involve testing the influence of so-called anchor objects on the categorization of objects. In addition to psychophysical assertions of object identification, we will measure eye movements during scene viewing as well as the neuronal basis of context effects by recording ERPs to gain more insights into the time course of scene context effects during object processing.

new project-related publications
Beitner, J., Helbig, J., Draschkow, D., & Võ, M. L.-H. (2021). Get your guidance going: Investigating the activation of spatial priors for efficient search in virtual reality. Brain Sciences, 11, 44, 1-17. find paper
Boettcher, S. E. P., Draschkow, D., Dienhart, E., & Võ, M. L.-H. (2018). Anchoring visual search in scene: Assessing the role of anchor objects on eye movements during visual search. Journal of Vision, 18(13), 11. find paper
David, E., Beitner, J., & Võ, M. L.-H. (2020). Effects of Transient Loss of Vision on Head and Eye Movements during Visual Search in a Virtual Environment. Brain Sciences, 10(11), 841. find paper
Helbig, J., Draschkow, D., & Võ, M. L.-H. (2020). Search superiority: Goal-directed attentional allocation creates more reliable incidental identity and location memory than explicit encoding in naturalistic virtual environments. Cognition, 196, 104147. find paper
Lauer, T., Willenbockel, V., Maffongelli, L., & Võ, M. L.-H. (2020). The influence of scene and object orientation on the scene consistency effect. Behavioural Brain Research, 112812. find paper
Öhlschlager, S., & Võ, M. L.-H. (2020). Development of scene knowledge: Evidence from explicit and implicit scene knowledge measures. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 194, 104782. find paper
Võ, M. L.-H. (2021). The Meaning and Structures of Scenes. Vision Research, 181, 10-20. find paper
Võ, M. L.-H., Boettcher, S. E., & Draschkow, D. (2019). Reading scenes: How scene grammar guides attention and aids perception in real-world environments. Current Opinion in Psychology, 29, 205-210. find paper
former project-related publications
Cornelissen, T. H. W., & Võ, M. L.-H. (2016). Stuck on semantics: Processing of irrelevant object-scene inconsistencies modulates ongoing gaze behavior. Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, 79(1), 154-168. find paper
Draschkow, D., & Võ, M. L.-H. (2016). Of “what” and “where” in a natural search task: Active object handling supports object location memory beyond the object’s identity. Attention, Perception & Psychophysics . 78, 1574-1584. find paper
Draschkow, D., Wolfe, J.M., & Võ, M. L.-H. (2014). Seek and you shall remember: Scene semantics interact with visual search to build better memories. Journal of Vision, 14(8):10, 1–18. find paper
Josephs, E. L., Draschkow, D., Wolfe, J. M., & Võ, M. L.-H. (2016). Gist in time: Scene semantics and structure enhance recall of searched objects. Acta Psychologica , 169, 100–108. find paper
Öhlschlager, S., & Võ, M. L.-H. (2016). SCEGRAM: An image database for semantic and syntactic inconsistencies in scenes. Behavior research methods . find paper
Võ , M. L. - H., & Wolfe, J. M. (2013a). Differential ERP Signatures Elicited by Semantic and Syntactic Processing in Scenes. Psychological Science, 24(9), 1816–1823. find paper
Võ M. L.-H., & Wolfe, J. M. (2015). The role of memory for visual search in scenes. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences . 1339, 72–81. find paper
Võ, M. L.-H., & Wolfe, J. M. (2012). When does repeated search in scenes involve memory? Looking at versus looking for objects in scenes. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 38(1), 23-41. find paper
Võ, M. L.-H., & Wolfe, J. M. (2013b). The interplay of episodic and semantic memory in guiding repeated search in scenes. Cognition, 126, 198–212. find paper
Võ, M. L.-H., Aizenman, A. M. & Wolfe, J. M. (2016). You think you know where you looked? You better look again. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance , Vol 42(10), 1477-1481. find paper
Wolfe, J. M., Vo, M. L.-H., Evans, K., & Greene, M. R. (2011). Visual search in scenes involves selective and nonselective pathways. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 15(2), 77-84. find paper