Top-down modulation of preattentive processing: Testing the recovery account of contingent capture

Folk, Charles L. and Remington, Roger (2006) Top-down modulation of preattentive processing: Testing the recovery account of contingent capture. Visual Cognition, 14 4-8: 445-465. doi:10.1080/13506280500193545


Author Folk, Charles L.
Remington, Roger
Title Top-down modulation of preattentive processing: Testing the recovery account of contingent capture
Journal name Visual Cognition   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1350-6285
1464-0716
Publication date 2006-08
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/13506280500193545
Volume 14
Issue 4-8
Start page 445
End page 465
Total pages 21
Place of publication Hove
Publisher Psychology Press
Language eng
Abstract One highly controversial issue with respect to preattentive processing concerns the degree to which the preattentive detection of “singletons” elicits an involuntary shift of spatial attention (i.e., attentional capture) that is immune from top-down modulation. According to the “pure-capture” perspective, preattentive processing drives the allocation of spatial attention in a purely bottom-up manner, in order of relative salience. According to the “contingent-capture” perspective, preattentive processing can produce attentional capture, but such capture is contingent on whether the eliciting stimulus carries a feature property consistent with the current attentional set. Pure-capture proponents have recently argued that the evidence for contingencies in attentional capture actually reflects the rapid disengagement and recovery from capture. Two spatial cueing experiments tested the rapid recovery by measuring (1) compatibility effects associated with irrelevant distractors and (2) inhibition of return to irrelevant distractors. These two measures provide converging evidence against the rapid recovery account.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes Special Issue: Visual Search and Attention Guest Editors: Hermann Muller and Joseph Krummenacher

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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