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Principles of Visual Attention:Linking Mind and Brain$
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Claus Bundesen and Thomas Habekost

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780198570707

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198570707.001.0001

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Explaining divided attention by TVA

Explaining divided attention by TVA

(p.75) 4 Explaining divided attention by TVA
Principles of Visual Attention:

Claus Bundesen

Thomas Habekost

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the application of the theory of visual attention (TVA) to classic experimental findings on divided attention. The theory proved useful in explaining effects of object integrality and stochastic independence in the simultaneous processing of multiple features. Both findings suggest important differences between the attentional processing of objects and features, closely in line with the rate equation of TVA. TVA also provided a coherent account of diverse findings on the limitations of attentional capacity, specifically the effects of number and spatial position of targets in whole report. In particular, the theory provided accurate fits to effects of number of targets in whole report with or without masking.

Keywords:   visual attention, divided attention, integrality, stochastic interdependence, attentional processing

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