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Principles of Visual Attention:: Linking Mind and Brain

Claus Bundesen and Thomas Habekost


The nature of attention is one of the oldest and most central problems in psychology. A huge amount of research has been produced on this subject in the last half century, especially on attention in the visual modality, but a general explanation has remained elusive. Many still view attention research as a field that is fundamentally fragmented. This book takes a different perspective and presents a unified theory of visual attention: the TVA model. The TVA model explains the many aspects of visual attention by just two mechanisms for selection of information: filtering and pigeonholing. These ... More

Keywords: visual attention, TVA model, filtering, pigeonholing, mind, brain, vision, cognitive psychology, brain imaging, visual cortex

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780198570707
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198570707.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Claus Bundesen, author
Professor of Cognitive Psychology, Department of Psychology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Thomas Habekost, author
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark