The role of relational information in contingent capture

Becker, SI, Folk, CL and Remington, RW (2010) The role of relational information in contingent capture. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 36 6: 1460-1476. doi:10.1037/a0020370

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Author Becker, SI
Folk, CL
Remington, RW
Title The role of relational information in contingent capture
Journal name Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0096-1523
Publication date 2010-12-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1037/a0020370
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 36
Issue 6
Start page 1460
End page 1476
Total pages 17
Place of publication Washington, DC, United States
Publisher American Psychological Association
Language eng
Abstract On the contingent capture account, top-down attentional control settings restrict involuntary attentional capture to items that match the features of the search target. Attention capture is involuntary, but contingent on goals and intentions. The observation that only target-similar items can capture attention has usually been taken to show that the content of the attentional control settings consists of specific feature values. In contrast, the present study demonstrates that the top-down target template can include information about the relationship between the target and nontarget features (e.g., redder, darker, larger). Several spatial cuing experiments show that a singleton cue that is less similar to the target but that shares the same relational property that distinguishes targets from nontargets can capture attention to the same extent as cues that are similar to the target. Moreover, less similar cues can even capture attention more than cues that are identical to the target when they are relationally better than identical cues. The implications for current theories of attentional capture and attentional guidance are discussed. © 2010 American Psychological Association.
Keyword Attention
Contingent capture
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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