Over the last decade there has been a spate of research on the empirical phenomenon known as 'attentional capture'. Interest in capture can be attributed not only to its applied significance, but also to the implications of the phenomenon for theories of selective attention, as well as cognitive control in general. This growing interest, however, has also spawned a wide variety of experimental paradigms, empirical results, and theoretical perspectives. In June of 2000, forty experimental psychologists converged on Villanova University for a conference and workshop on attentional capture. The intent was to provide an intimate forum for scientists from diverse perspectives and backgrounds, and using diverse methodologies to present their research on attentional capture and also engage in small group discussions on such key issues as the definition, measurement, and theoretical treatment of attention capture. This book presents a collection of chapters based on those presentations and discussions.
Attraction, Distraction and Action: Multiple Perspectives on Attentional Capture is interdisciplinary in approach, with chapters organized around areas such as neuroscience, visual cognition, developmental, individual differences and dynamical systems. The volume provides: a state-of-the-art summary of the latest cutting edge research; an important compass for future research in this area; a useful survey of the field; contributions from internationally recognized experts in attention. It is the only existing volume devoted exclusively to the topic of attentional capture and as such it will make an excellent supplemental text or reference book for advanced undergraduate or graduate seminars in cognitive psychology and attention.