Utilizing the high temporal resolution of event-related potentials (ERPs), we examined the effects of temporal reliability of sounds on visual detection. Significantly faster reaction times to visual target stimuli were observed when reliable temporal information was provided by a task-irrelevant auditory stimulus. Three main ERP components related to the effects of auditory temporal reliability were found: the first at 180-240. ms over a wide central area, the second at 300-400. ms over an anterior area, and the third at 300-380. ms over bilateral temporal areas. Our results support the hypothesis that temporal reliability affects visual detection and indicate that auditory facilitation of visual detection is partly due to spread of attention and thus results from implicit temporal linking of auditory and visual information at a relatively late processing stage.
- Audiovisual interaction
- Event-related potentials (ERPs)
- Temporal reliability
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