Science Papers

Vision, Attention, and Awareness

Peer-reviewed Papers

  • Metzger, B. A., Mathewson, K. E., Tapia, E., Fabiani, M., Gratton, G., Beck, D. M. (2017). Regulating the access to awareness: Brain activity related to probe-related and spontaneous reversals in binocular rivalry. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 29 (6), 1089-1102doi:10.1162/jocn_a_01104. E-pub 2017 Feb 14. Paper
  • Parks, N. A., Mazzi, C., Tapia, E., Savazzi, S., Fabiani, M., Gratton, G., Beck, D. M. (2015). The influence of posterior parietal cortex on extrastriate visual activity: A concurrent TMS and fast optical imaging study. Neuropsychologia, 78, 153-158. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2015.10.002.E-pub 2015 Oct 9.
  • Tapia, E., & Beck, D. M. (2014).  Probing feedforward and feedback contributions to awareness with visual masking and transcranial magnetic stimulation. Frontiers in Psychology, 5:1173. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.01173. Reprint
  • Tapia, E., Mazzi, C., Savazzi, S., & Beck, D. M. (2014). Phosphene-guided transcranial magnetic stimulation of occipital but not parietal cortex suppresses stimulus visibility. Experimental Brain Research, 232, 1989-1997. doi: 10.1007/s00221-014-3888-y. Reprint
  • Scalf, P. E., Torralbo, A., Tapia, E., & Beck, D. M. (2013). Competition explains limited attention and perceptual resources: implications for perceptual load and dilution theories. Frontiers in Psychology, 4:243. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00243. Reprint
  • Tapia, E., Breitmeyer, B. G., Jacob, J., & Broyles, E. C. (2013). Spatial attention effects during conscious and nonconscious processing of visual features and objects. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 39, 745-756. doi: 10.1037/a0030112. E-pub 2012 Oct 8. Reprint
  • Tapia, E., Breitmeyer, B. G., & Jacob, J. (2011)Metacontrast masking with texture-defined second-order stimuli. Vision Research, 51, 2453-2461, doi: 10.1016/j.visres.2011.10.010. Reprint
  • Breitmeyer, B. G., & Tapia, E. (2011). Roles of contour and surface processing in microgenesis of object perception and visual consciousness. Advances in Cognitive Psychology, 7, 61-74, doi: 10.2478/v10053-008-0088-y. Reprint
  • Tapia, E., & Breitmeyer, B. G. (2011). Visual consciousness revisited: Magnocellular and parvocellular contributions to conscious and nonconscious vision. Psychological Science, 22, 934-942,  doi: 10.1177/0956797611413471. Reprint
  • Tapia, E., Breitmeyer, B. G., Broyles, E. C. (2011). Properties of spatial attention in conscious and nonconscious visual information processing. Consciousness and Cognition, 20, 426-431, doi: 10.1016/j.concog.2010.07.001. Reprint
  • Tapia, E., Breitmeyer, B. G., & Shooner, C. R. (2010). Role of task-directed attention in nonconscious and conscious response priming by form and color. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 36, 74-87. Reprint
  • Breitmeyer, B. G., Tapia, E., Kafalıgönül, H., & Öğmen, H. (2008). Metacontrast masking and stimulus contrast polarity. Vision Research, 48, 2433-2438. Reprint
  • Leventhal, A. M. Waters, A. J., Breitmeyer, B. G., Miller, E., Tapia, E., & Li, Y. (2008). Subliminal processing of smoking-related and affective stimuli in tobacco addiction. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 16(4), 301-312. Reprint
  • Leventhal, A. M., Martin, R. L., Seals, R. W., Tapia, E., & Rehm, L. P. (2007). Investigating the dynamics of affect: Psychological mechanisms of affective habituation to pleasurable stimuli. Motivation and Emotion, 31(2),145-157. Reprint
  • Leventhal, A. M., Chasson, G. S., Tapia, E., Miller, E. K., & Pettit, J. W. (2006). Measuring hedonic capacity in depression: a psychometric analysis of three anhedonia scales. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 62(12), 1545-1558. Reprint

Abstracts & Conference Presentations

  • Beck, D. M., & Tapia, E. (2014). The role of feedback in visual processing. XII International Conference on Cognitive Neuroscience (ICON-XII), Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, Jul 27-31. Abstract
  • Metzger, B. A., Mathewson, K. E., Tapia, E., Low, K. A., Maclin, E. L., Fabiani, M., Gratton, G., Beck, D. M. (2014). Not all probes are created equal: Suppressed probes presented during binocular rivalry draw attention to the suppressed image. Paper presented at the annual Vision Sciences Society (VSS) meeting. St. Pete Beach, FL, May 16-21. Abstract
  • Tapia, E., Lleras, A., & Beck, D. M. (2014). No masked priming of shape in metacontrast and object substitution masking paradigms without attention. Poster presented at the annual Vision Sciences Society (VSS) meeting. St. Pete Beach, FL, May 16-21. Abstract and poster
  • Tapia, E., Lleras, A., & Beck, D. M. (2013). Priming of shape in metacontrast and object substitution masking. Poster presented at the annual Object Perception, Attention and Memory (OPAM) conference. Toronto, ON, Canada, November 14. Poster
  • Parks, N. A., Beck, D., Low, K. A., Maclin, E. L., Tapia, E., Savazzi, S., Mazzi, C., Fabiani, M., & Gratton, G. (2013). Dynamic measurement of functional connectivity using simultaneous fast optical imaging and magnetic stimulation. Paper presented at the annual Society for Psychophysiological Research (SPR) meeting, Florence, Italy, October 2-6. Abstract
  • Tapia, E., Martin, D. J., & Beck, D. M. (2013). Suppression of visual stimuli with occipital and parietal TMS. Poster presented at the annual Vision Sciences Society (VSS) meeting. Naples, FL, May 10-15. Abstract
  • Tapia, E., Martin, D. J., & Beck, D. M. (2013). Suppressing stimulus visibility with occipital and parietal TMS. Poster presented at the annual Cognitive Neuroscience Society (CNS) meeting. San Francisco, CA, April 13-16. Abstract
  • Breitmeyer, B. G., & Tapia, E. (2012). Background color differentially affects magno- and parvocellular contributions to conscious and nonconscious priming. Journal of Vision, 12(9), 1309. doi: 10.1167/12.9.1309 Abstract
  • Tapia, E., Breitmeyer, B. G., & Jacob, J. (2011). Properties of spatial attention during conscious and nonconscious processing of visual features and objects. Paper presented at the annual Object Perception, Attention and Memory (OPAM) conference. Seattle, WA, November 3. Abstract
  • Tapia, E., Breitmeyer, B. G., & Jacob, J. (2011). How the unseen informs us about the seen: Metacontrast masking with texture-defined second-order stimuli. Poster presented at the annual Vision Sciences Society (VSS) meeting. Naples, FL, May 6-11. Abstract and poster
  • Breitmeyer, B. G., & Tapia, E. (2010). Magno and parvo contributions to masked and unmasked sensorimotor priming. Paper presented at the 51st Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society. St. Louis, MO, November 18-21.
  • Tapia, E., Breitmeyer, B. G., & Jacob, J. (2010). Metacontrast masking with texture-defined second-order stimuli. Poster presented at the 51st Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society. St. Louis, MO, November 18-21. Poster
  • Tapia, E., Breitmeyer, B. G., & Jacob, J. (2010). Contour and surface processing of texture-defined second-order stimuli in the human visual system. Poster presented at the annual Object Perception, Attention and Memory (OPAM) conference. St. Louis, MI, November 18. Poster
  • Jacob, J., Breitmeyer, B. G., & Tapia, E. (2010). Task specific assessment of visual memories. Poster presented at the annual Object Perception, Attention and Memory (OPAM) conference. St. Louis, MI, November 18.
  • Jacob, J., Breitmeyer, B. G., & Tapia, E. (2010). Task-specific assessment of visual memories. Poster presented at the 21st Association for Research in Memory, Attention, Decision making, Intelligence, Language, Learning, and Organization (ARMADILLO) conference. College Station, TX, October 22. Poster
  • Tapia, E., Breitmeyer, B. G., & Jacob, J. (2010). Temporal dynamics of contour and surface processing of texture-defined second-order stimuli. Poster presented at the annual Vision Sciences Society (VSS) meeting. Naples, FL, May 7-12. Abstract and poster
  • Broyles, E. C., Tapia, E., Leventhal, A. M., & Breitmeyer, B. G. (2010). Consciousness thresholds of motivationally relevant stimuli: Faces, dangerous animals and mundane objects. Poster presented at the annual Vision Sciences Society (VSS) meeting. Naples, FL, May 7-12. Abstract and poster
  • Tapia, E., Breitmeyer, B. G., & Broyles, E. C. (2009). Properties of spatial attention in conscious and nonconscious visual information processing. Poster presented at the annual Object Perception, Attention and Memory (OPAM) conference. Boston, MA, November 19. Poster
  • Jacob, J., Breitmeyer, B. G., & Tapia, E. (2009). Task-specific assessment of visual short-term memory. Poster presented at the annual Association for Research in Memory, Attention, Decision making, Intelligence, Language, Learning, and Organization (Armadillo) conference. Houston, TX, October 23-24.
  • Tapia, E., Breitmeyer, B. G., & Broyles, E. C. (2009). Effects of spatial attention on nonconscious and conscious visual information processing. Paper presented at the annual Association for Research in Memory, Attention, Decision making, Intelligence, Language, Learning, and Organization (Armadillo) conference. Houston, TX, October 23-24.
  • Tapia, E., & Breitmeyer, B. G. (2009). Magno- and parvo-pathway contributions to masked priming by form: Effects of contrast and wavelength. Poster presented at the annual Vision Sciences Society (VSS) meeting. Naples, FL, May 8-13. Abstract and poster
  • Breitmeyer, B. G., Tapia, E., & Broyles, E. C. (2009). Spatial attention in non-conscious and conscious visual information processing. Poster presented at the annual Vision Sciences Society (VSS) meeting. Naples, FL, May 8-13. Abstract and poster
  • Leventhal, A. M., Waters, A. J., Breitmeyer, B.G., Miller, E. K., Tapia E., & Li, Y. (2008). Subliminal processing of smoking and affective stimuli in tobacco dependence. Poster presented at the annual scientific meeting of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence. San Juan, Puerto Rico, June 14-19.
  • Tapia, E., & Breitmeyer, B. G. (2006). Attentional processing capacity of the visual “zombie” and “homunculus.” Paper presented at the 47th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society. Houston, TX, November 16-19.
  • Tapia, E., & Breitmeyer, B. G. (2005). Role of feature-based attention in unconscious response priming by color, form or both. Poster presented at the Undergraduate Research Day at the University of Houston. Houston, TX, October 19.