Comment on W. R. Garner's “Selective attention to attributes and to stimuli.”

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Abstract

Discusses Garner's (see record 1979-32848-001) experiments that were designed to investigate the roles of certain stimulus properties in determining whether attention can be focused effectively on an individual stimulus or on its constituent attributes. The comments in this article pertain to this and closely related work that has come out of Garner's (1970, 1974, 1976) laboratory. Some basic conceptual distinctions–for example, separable vs integral stimulus attributes and features vs dimensions–are briefly discussed. The roles of context and interstimulus similarity as possible codeterminants, along with properties of individual stimuli, of information-processing performance are considered. The importance of learning effects is also emphasized. (7 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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