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Attention in the real world: toward understanding its neural basis

Author(s): Peelen, Marius V.; Kastner, Sabine

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Abstract: The efficient selection of behaviorally relevant objects from cluttered environments supports our everyday goals. Attentional selection has typically been studied in search tasks involving artificial and simplified displays. Although these studies have revealed important basic principles of attention, they do not explain how the brain efficiently selects familiar objects in complex and meaningful real-world scenes. Findings from recent neuroimaging studies indicate that real-world search is mediated by ‘what’ and ‘where’ attentional templates that are implemented in high-level visual cortex. These templates represent target-diagnostic properties and likely target locations, respectively, and are shaped by object familiarity, scene context, and memory. We propose a framework for real-world search that incorporates these recent findings and specifies directions for future study.
Publication Date: May-2014
Citation: Peelen, Marius V, Kastner, Sabine. (2014). Attention in the real world: toward understanding its neural basis. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 18 (5), 242 - 250. doi:10.1016/j.tics.2014.02.004
DOI: doi:10.1016/j.tics.2014.02.004
ISSN: 1364-6613
Pages: 242 - 250
Type of Material: Journal Article
Journal/Proceeding Title: Trends in Cognitive Sciences
Version: Author's manuscript

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