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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 focused attention by TVA

Explaining focused attention by TVA

(p.103) 5 Explaining focused 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 research findings on focused attention from a wide range of experimental paradigms. TVA formed the basis of special models for analysing effects of selection criterion and number of distractors. The detection paradigm of Estes and Taylor (1964, 1965) was readily analysed. A deadline model of one-view search (search without reallocation of attention) fitted data on efficient feature search (Treisman and Gelade 1980) and data on efficient search with perceptual grouping (Bundesen and Pedersen 1983). Data on inefficient feature (Treisman and Gormican 1988) and conjunction (Treisman and Gelade 1980) search were explained by attention shifting among groups of display elements (many-view search). Furthermore, TVA proved useful in understanding the effects of practice in visual search.

Keywords:   visual attention, focused attention, selection, detection paradigm, visual search

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