Visual attention is a single, integrated resource.

Publication Type:

Journal Article

Source:

Vision research, Volume 49, Number 10, p.1166–73 (2009)

ISBN:

0042-6989

URL:

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0042698908002162

Keywords:

Attention, Attention: physiology, Color Perception, Color Perception: physiology, Discrimination (Psychology), Discrimination (Psychology): physiology, Female, Field Dependence-Independence, Humans, Male, PastukhovEtal2009, Pattern Recognition, Photic Stimulation, Photic Stimulation: methods, Psychophysics, Visual, Visual: physiology

Abstract:

Recent evidence for separate forms of attention for different visual attributes seems to conflict with Duncan's "integrated competition" theory of visual attention. To resolve this conflict, we established attention-operating characteristics for four pairs of visual discriminations. While one task was common to every pair, the other tasks were different and concerned different visual attributes. In all pairs, the common task exhibited the same performance-resource function, whether the other tasks involved entirely similar, partially similar, or entirely dissimilar visual attributes. These results confirm that visual attention conforms exactly to the predictions of a single, integrated resource.