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Visuo-spatial attention: beyond a spotlight model

Visuo-spatial attention: beyond a spotlight model
Visuo-spatial attention: beyond a spotlight model
Much of the research in visual attention has been driven by the spotlight metaphor. This metaphor has been useful over many years for generating experimental questions in attention research. However, theories and models of visual selection have reached such a level of complexity that debate now centers around more specific questions about the nature of attention. In this review, the general question “Is visual attention like a spotlight?” is broken down into seven specific questions concerning the nature of visual attention, and the evidence relevant to each is examined. The answers to these specific questions provide important clues about why visual selection is necessary and what purpose attention plays in visual cognition.
1069-9384
204-223
Cave, Kyle R.
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Bichot, Narcisse P.
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Cave, Kyle R.
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Bichot, Narcisse P.
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Cave, Kyle R. and Bichot, Narcisse P. (1999) Visuo-spatial attention: beyond a spotlight model. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 6 (2), 204-223.

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Much of the research in visual attention has been driven by the spotlight metaphor. This metaphor has been useful over many years for generating experimental questions in attention research. However, theories and models of visual selection have reached such a level of complexity that debate now centers around more specific questions about the nature of attention. In this review, the general question “Is visual attention like a spotlight?” is broken down into seven specific questions concerning the nature of visual attention, and the evidence relevant to each is examined. The answers to these specific questions provide important clues about why visual selection is necessary and what purpose attention plays in visual cognition.

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Published date: 1999

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Local EPrints ID: 18415
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/18415
ISSN: 1069-9384
PURE UUID: e1533ac6-72ed-4383-86d3-9ac98fa194a1

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Date deposited: 21 Dec 2005
Last modified: 22 Jul 2020 16:36

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Author: Kyle R. Cave
Author: Narcisse P. Bichot

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