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How Animals See the WorldComparative Behavior, Biology, and Evolution of Vision$
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Olga F. Lazareva, Toru Shimizu, and Edward A. Wasserman

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780195334654

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195334654.001.0001

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Selective and Divided Attention in Birds

Selective and Divided Attention in Birds

(p.351) 19 Selective and Divided Attention in Birds
How Animals See the World

Thomas R. Zentall

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Selective attention refers to the selective central processing of the stimulus environment, such that certain stimuli that are received at the periphery (i.e., that activate sensory neurons) are selectively processed more than others, and that this selective processing allows them to serve better as functional stimuli. Conversely, divided attention refers to the relative difficulty organisms have in processing more than one feature of a stimulus environment at a time. This chapter describes behavioral approaches to studying selective and divided attention in pigeons. It concludes that attentional mechanisms in pigeons bear considerable similarity to attention in humans.

Keywords:   pigeons, selective attention, divided attention, attentional mechanisms

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