Spatial attention in visual search for features and feature conjunctions

Min Shik Kim, Kyle R. Cave

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Spatial attention was measured in visual search tasks using a spatial probe Both speed and accuracy measures showed that in a conjunction task, spatial attention was allocated to locations according to the presence of target features Also, contrary to some predictions, spatial attention was used when a clearly distinguishable feature defined the target The results raise questions about any account that assumes separate mechanisms for feature and conjunction search The probe method demonstrated here allows a very direct measurement of attentional allocation, and may uncover aspects of selection not revealed by visual search.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)376-380
Number of pages5
JournalPsychological Science
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1995 Nov

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Psychology(all)


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