Attentional guidance in visual attention

Steven Todd, Arthur F. Kramer

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Earlier research has shown that a task-irrelevant sudden onset of an object will capture or draw an observer's visual attention to that object's location (e.g., Yantis & Jonides, 1984). In the four experiments reported here, we explore the question of whether task-irrelevant properties other than sudden-onset may capture attention. Our results suggest that a uniquely colored or luminous objects, as well as an irrelevant boundary, may indeed capture or guide attention, though apparently to a lesser degree than a sudden onset: it appears that the degree of attentional capture is dependent on the relative salience of the varied, irrelevant dimension.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1378-1382
Number of pages5
JournalProceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
StatePublished - 1993
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 37th Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society - Seattle, WA, USA
Duration: Oct 11 1993Oct 15 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics


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