Attending to emerging representations: the importance of task context and time of response

Amelia Hunt, Wieske van Zoest, Alan Kingstone

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Abstract

This chapter examines human attention as indexed by the time-to-respond-to-stimulus events and evaluates the use of this behavioural metric. It discusses the limitations of using reaction time (RT) to make inferences about attention and explains the results of experiences that extend this approach by examining changes in responses over time and across different response systems. The findings reveal that multiple stages and aspects of task performance can contribute to RT and that it is not always clear how exactly attention interacts with these various processes to produce faster responses.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAttention and time
EditorsAnna C Nobre, Jennifer T Coull
Place of PublicationOxford, United Kingdom
PublisherOxford University Press
Pages3-15
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9780191701863
ISBN (Print)0199563454, 978-0199563456, 9780199563456
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 8 Apr 2010

Keywords

  • Human attention
  • Reaction time
  • Response time
  • Stimulus events
  • Task performance

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    Hunt, A., van Zoest, W., & Kingstone, A. (2010). Attending to emerging representations: the importance of task context and time of response. In A. C. Nobre, & J. T. Coull (Eds.), Attention and time (pp. 3-15). Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199563456.003.0001