Skip to main content Accessibility help

Why the item will remain the unit of attentional selection in visual search

  • Martin Eimer (a1)


Hulleman & Olivers (H&O) reject item-based serial models of visual search, and they suggest that items are processed equally and globally during each fixation period. However, neuroscientific studies have shown that attentional biases can emerge in parallel but in a spatially selective item-based fashion. Even within a parallel architecture for visual search, the item remains the critical unit of selection.



Hide All
Bichot, N. P., Rossi, A. F. & Desimone, R. (2005) Parallel and serial neural mechanisms for visual search in macaque area V4. Science 308:529–34.
Duncan, J. (2006) EPS Mid-Career Award 2004: Brain mechanisms of attention. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology 59:227.
Eimer, M. (2014) The neural basis of attentional control in visual search. Trends in Cognitive Sciences 99:225–34.
Eimer, M. (2015) EPS Mid-Career Award 2014: The control of attention in visual search: Cognitive and neural mechanisms. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology 68:2437–63. doi: 10.1080/17470218.2015.1065283.
Eimer, M. & Grubert, A. (2014) Spatial attention can be allocated rapidly and in parallel to new visual objects. Current Biology 24:193–98. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2013.12.001.
Saenz, M., Buracas, G. T. & Boynton, G. M. (2002) Global effects of feature-based attention in human visual cortex. Nature Neuroscience 5:631–32.


Full text views

Total number of HTML views: 0
Total number of PDF views: 0 *
Loading metrics...

Abstract views

Total abstract views: 0 *
Loading metrics...

* Views captured on Cambridge Core between <date>. This data will be updated every 24 hours.

Usage data cannot currently be displayed