Attraction, Distraction and Action

Multiple Perspectives on Attentional Capture

Edited by

  • Charles Folk, Villanova University
  • Bradley Gibson, University of Notre Dame

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.
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Book information

  • Published: November 2001
  • Imprint: NORTH-HOLLAND
  • ISBN: 978-0-444-50676-4

Table of Contents

Preface. List of contributors. Neuroscience. Electrophysiological studies of reflexive attention (J.B. Hopfinger, G.R. Mangun). Inhibition of return in monkey and man (R.M. Klein et al.). Visual Cognition. Inattentional blindness and attentional capture: evidence for attention-based theories of visual salience (B.S. Gibson, M.A. Peterson). Involuntary orienting to flashing distractors in delayed search? (H. Pashler). Attentional capture in the spatial and temporal domains (H.E. Egeth et al.). Attentional and oculomotor capture (J. Theeuwes, R. Godijn). Attention capture, orienting, and awareness (S.B. Most, D.J. Simons). Multiple Modalities. Using pre-pulse inhibition to study attentional capture: a warning about pre-pulse correlations (J.T. Mordkoff, H. Barth). Temporal expectancies, capture, and timing in auditory sequences (M.R. Jones). Crossmodal attentional capture: a controversy resolved? (C. Spence). Developmental. Testing models of attentional capture during early infancy (J.L. Dannemiller). Attentional capture, attentional control, and aging (A.F. Kramer et al.). Individual Differences. A multidisciplinary perspective on attentional control (D. Derryberry, M.A. Reed). Capacity, control and conflict: an individual differences perspective on attentional capture (A.R.A. Conway, M.J. Kane). Dynamical Systems/Evolution. A dynamic, evolutionary perspective on attention capture (W.A. Johnson, D.L. Stayer). Subject index.