Robustness to two-object images in human visual cortex



Figure W1: Stimuli and stimulus presentation scheme


fig_w1.jpg  Figure W1: Schematic description of the experimental paradigm. A. The experiment was divided into blocks, with 50 image presentations per block. At the beginning of each block, a target category was announced by visually presenting the category name (in this example, “Car”). Subjects had to indicate whether each image contained an object belonging to the target category or not by pressing pre-assigned mouse buttons. There was no correct/incorrect feedback. Each image contained either one object (~30% of the trials) or two objects (~70% of the trials). Objects subtended ~3.4 degrees of visual angle. The object center was presented at ~3.8 degrees eccentricity (both for single-object images and two-object images) at one of two possible positions: above/below the fixation point or left/right of the fixation point (in the first three subjects, we used all four positions, see Experimental Procedures). The inset on the top left shows the position of the two objects on the screen with respect to the fixation point (“x”). Each image was presented for 100 ms, with a 1000 ms gray image interval in between trials. The position of each object as well as the presentation order was randomized. The inset shows the proportion of correct trials for each of the 9 subjects (mean±s.d.). The total number of blocks is indicated for each subject. Overall, behavioral performance was 92±12% correct (horizontal dashed line) and the reaction times were 630±90 ms. B. Objects were grayscale and contrast normalized and belonged to one of five possible categories: houses, cars, human faces, chairs and animals. Here and throughout the manuscript, each object category is represented by a different color. There were 5 exemplars in each category.