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    Can attention select only a fixed number of objects at a time?

    Davis, G. and Welch, V.L. and Holmes, A. and Shepherd, Alex J. (2001) Can attention select only a fixed number of objects at a time? Perception 30 (10), pp. 1227-1248. ISSN 0301-0066.

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    Official URL: 10.1068/p3133


    Several previous studies have suggested that we may attend only a fixed number of `objects' at a time. However, whereas findings from two-target experiments suggest that we can attend only one object at a time, other results from object-tracking and enumeration paradigms point instead to a four-object limit. Here, we note that in these previous studies the number of objects covaried with the overall size and complexity of the stimulus, such that apparent one-object or four-object limits in those tasks may reflect changes in the complexity of attended stimuli, rather than the number of objects per se. Accordingly, in the current experiments we employ stimuli in which the number of objects varies, while overall size and complexity are held constant. Using these refined measures of object-based effects, we find no evidence for a one-object or four-object limit on attention. Indeed, we conclude that the number of attended objects does not affect how efficiently we can attend a given stimulus. We propose and test an alternative approach to objectbased attention limitations based on within-object and between-object feature-binding mechanisms in human vision.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 17 Feb 2020 16:37
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:57


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