In this study, we investigate whether attentional focusing, like attentional orienting, comprises two independent mechanisms. We provide direct empirical evidence in favor of the existence of two mechanisms - one exogenous, or automatic, and one endogenous, or voluntary - that play a role in adjusting the size of the focus of attention. When a new object suddenly occurs in the visual field, the focus is first automatically fitted to it, and then an endogenous effort has to be exerted to maintain attention in the focused mode. Also, we provide evidence that voluntary focusing needs a perceptual object in order to operate.
|Number of pages||18|
|Journal||Perception and Psychophysics|
|Publication status||Published - Jul 2000|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Experimental and Cognitive Psychology