Object-Based Attentional Selection - Grouped Arrays or Spatially Invariant Representations? Comment on Vecera and Farah (1994)

Arthur F. Kramer, Timothy A. Weber, Stephen E. Watson

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Abstract

S. P. Vecera and M. J. Farah (1994) have addressed the issue of whether visual attention selects objects or locations. They obtained data that they interpreted as evidence for attentional selection of objects from an internal spatially invariant representation A. F. Kramer, T. A. Weber, and S. E. Watson question this interpretation on both theoretical and empirical grounds. First, the authors suggest that there are other interpretations of the Vecera and Farah data that are consistent with location-mediated selection of objects. Second, they provide data using the displays employed by Vecera and Farah in conjunction with a postdisplay probe technique, that suggests that attention is directed to the locations of the target objects. The implications of the results for space and object-based attentional selection are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-13
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Experimental Psychology: General
Volume126
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Psychology(all)
  • Developmental Neuroscience

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