Contingent attentional capture or delayed allocation of attention?

Remington, Roger W., Folk, Charles L. and McLean, John P. (2001) Contingent attentional capture or delayed allocation of attention?. Perception & Psychophysics, 63 2: 298-307. doi:10.3758/BF03194470


Author Remington, Roger W.
Folk, Charles L.
McLean, John P.
Title Contingent attentional capture or delayed allocation of attention?
Journal name Perception & Psychophysics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0031-5117
Publication date 2001-02
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3758/BF03194470
Volume 63
Issue 2
Start page 298
End page 307
Total pages 10
Editor N. Macmillan
Place of publication Austin
Publisher Psychonomic Society, Inc
Collection year 2001
Language eng
Subject C1
380101 Sensory Processes, Perception and Performance
780108 Behavioural and cognitive sciences
Abstract Under certain circumstances, external stimuli will elicit an involuntary shift of spatial attention, referred to as attentional capture. According to the contingent involuntary orienting account (Folk, Remington, & Johnston, 1992), capture is conditioned by top-down factors that set attention to respond involuntarily to stimulus properties relevant to one's behavioral goals. Evidence for this comes from spatial cuing studies showing that a spatial cuing effect is observed only when cues have goal-relevant properties. Here, we examine alternative, decision-level explanations of the spatial cuing effect that attribute evidence of capture to postpresentation delays in the voluntary allocation of attention, rather than to on-line involuntary shifts in direct response to the cue. In three spatial cuing experiments, delayed-allocation accounts were tested by examining whether items at the cued location were preferentially processed. The experiments provide evidence that costs and benefits in spatial cuing experiments do reflect the on-line capture of attention. The implications of these results for models of attentional control are discussed.
Keyword Psychology
Psychology, Experimental
Abrupt Visual Onsets
Selective Attention
Focused Attention
Perceptual Load
Search
Singletons
Voluntary
Objects
Color
Locus
Q-Index Code C1

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Psychology Publications
 
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