Contingent capture in cueing: the role of color search templates and cue-target color relations

Ansorge, Ulrich and Becker, Stefanie I. (2014) Contingent capture in cueing: the role of color search templates and cue-target color relations. Psychological Research, 78 2: 209-221. doi:10.1007/s00426-013-0497-5


Author Ansorge, Ulrich
Becker, Stefanie I.
Title Contingent capture in cueing: the role of color search templates and cue-target color relations
Journal name Psychological Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0340-0727
1430-2772
Publication date 2014-03
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s00426-013-0497-5
Open Access Status
Volume 78
Issue 2
Start page 209
End page 221
Total pages 13
Place of publication Heidelberg, Germany
Publisher Springer
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Visual search studies have shown that attention can be top-down biased to a specific target color, so that only items with this color or a similar color can capture attention. According to some theories of attention, colors from different categories (i.e., red, green, blue, yellow) are represented independently. However, other accounts have proposed that these are related-either because color is filtered through broad overlapping channels (4-channel view), or because colors are represented in one continuous feature space (e.g., CIE space) and search is governed by specific principles (e.g., linear separability between colors, or top-down tuning to relative colors). The present study tested these different views using a cueing experiment in which observers had to select one target color (e.g., red) and ignore two or four differently colored distractors that were presented prior to the target (cues). The results showed clear evidence for top-down contingent capture by colors, as a target-colored cue captured attention more strongly than differently colored cues. However, the results failed to support any of the proposed views that different color categories are related to one another by overlapping channels, linear separability, or relational guidance (N = 96).
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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