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Spatial attention in the visual field

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Studies with spatial cues provide strong evidence for a visual attention mechanism that chooses a location and selects all information at that location. This selection process can work very quickly probably before segmentation and grouping. It can be implemented in a neural network simply and efficiently without temporal binding.

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  • Cave, K. R., & Zimmerman, J. M. (1997). Flexibility in spatial attention before and after practice. Psychological Science, 8, 399-403.
  • Downing, C. J., & Pinker, S. (1985). The spatial structure of visual attention. In M. I. Posner & O. S. M. Marin (Eds.), Attention & Performance XI: Mechanisms of Attention. Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum.
  • Kim, M-S., & Cave, K. R. (1995). Spatial attention in visual search for features and

feature conjunctions. Psychological Science, 6, 376-380.

  • Kim, M.-S., & Cave, K. R. (2001). Perceptual grouping via spatial selection in a focused attention task. Vision Research, 41, 611-624.

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