Novelty and saliency in attentional capture by unannounced motion singletons

Becker, Stefanie I. and Horstmann, Gernot (2011) Novelty and saliency in attentional capture by unannounced motion singletons. Acta Psychologica, 136 3: 290-299. doi:10.1016/j.actpsy.2010.12.002

Author Becker, Stefanie I.
Horstmann, Gernot
Title Novelty and saliency in attentional capture by unannounced motion singletons
Journal name Acta Psychologica   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0001-6918
Publication date 2011-03-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.actpsy.2010.12.002
Volume 136
Issue 3
Start page 290
End page 299
Total pages 10
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Language eng
Abstract The present study examined attentional capture by an unannounced motion singleton in a visual search task. The results showed that a motion singleton only captured attention on its first unannounced occurrence when the observers had not encountered moving items before in the experiment, whereas it failed to capture when observers were familiar with moving items. This indicates that motion can capture attention independently of top-down attentional control settings, but only when motion as a feature is unexpected and new. An additional experiment tested whether salient items can capture attention when all stimuli possess new and unexpected features, and novelty information cannot guide attention. The results showed that attention was shifted to the location of the salient item when all items were new and unexpected, reinforcing the view that salient items receive attentional priority. The implications of these results for current theories of attention are discussed.
Q-Index Code C1
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Institutional Status UQ

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