Valuable orientations capture attention

Laurent, Patryk A., Hall, Michelle G., Anderson, Brian A. and Yantis, Steven (2014) Valuable orientations capture attention. Visual Cognition, 23 1-2: 133-146. doi:10.1080/13506285.2014.965242

Author Laurent, Patryk A.
Hall, Michelle G.
Anderson, Brian A.
Yantis, Steven
Title Valuable orientations capture attention
Journal name Visual Cognition   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1464-0716
Publication date 2014-10-06
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/13506285.2014.965242
Open Access Status
Volume 23
Issue 1-2
Start page 133
End page 146
Total pages 14
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2015
Abstract Visual attention has long been known to be drawn to stimuli that are physically salient or congruent with task-specific goals. Several recent studies have shown that attention is also captured by stimuli that are neither salient nor task relevant, but that are rendered in a colour that has previously been associated with reward. We investigated whether another feature dimension—orientation—can be associated with reward via learning and thereby elicit value-driven attentional capture. In a training phase, participants received a monetary reward for identifying the colour of Gabor patches exhibiting one of two target orientations. A subsequent test phase in which no reward was delivered required participants to search for Gabor patches exhibiting one of two spatial frequencies (orientation was now irrelevant to the task). Previously rewarded orientations robustly captured attention. We conclude that reward learning can imbue features other than colour—in this case, specific orientations—with persistent value.
Keyword Attentional capture
Gabor patch
Reward learning
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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