Space, object, and task selection

Lachter, Joel, Remington, Roger W. and Ruthruff, Eric (2009) Space, object, and task selection. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 71 5: 995-1014. doi:10.3758/APP.71.5.995

Author Lachter, Joel
Remington, Roger W.
Ruthruff, Eric
Title Space, object, and task selection
Journal name Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1943-3921
Publication date 2009-07-01
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3758/APP.71.5.995
Open Access Status
Volume 71
Issue 5
Start page 995
End page 1014
Total pages 20
Editor Jeremy M Wolfe
Place of publication United States
Publisher Psychonomic Society, Inc.
Language eng
Subject C1
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
97 Expanding Knowledge
Abstract Within the field of selective attention, two separate literatures have developed, one examining the effect of selection of objects and another examining the effect of selection of features. The present study bridged these two traditions by examining the compatibility effects generated by two features of attended and unattended nontarget (foil) stimuli. On each trial, participants determined either the identity or the orientation of a visual stimulus. Spatial attention was controlled using cues (presented prior to the target frame) designed to involuntarily capture attention. We independently manipulated the stimulus dimension the participants prepared for and the stimulus dimension on which they actually executed the task. Preparation had little influence on the magnitude of compatibility effects from foil stimuli. For attended stimuli, the stimulus dimension used in executing the task produced large compatibility effects, regardless of whether that dimension was prepared. These and other compatibility effects (e.g., Stroop effects) are discussed in relation to an integrative model of attentional selection. The key assumptions are that (1) selection occurs at three distinct levels (space, object, and task), (2) spatial attention leads to semantic processing of all dimensions, and (3) features do not automatically activate responses unless that object is selected for action.
Q-Index Code C1
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