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Segmentation, attention and phenomenal visual objects

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J Driver, G Davis, C Russell, M Turatto, E Freeman

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-95
Number of pages35
Issue number1-2
PublishedJun 2001

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Issues concerning selective attention provoke new questions about visual segmentation, and vice-versa. We illustrate this by describing our recent work on grouping under conditions of inattention, on change blindness for background events and the residual processing of undetected background changes. on modal versus amodal completion in visual search, and the differential effects of these two forms of completion on attentional processes, and on attentional modulation of lateral interactions thought to arise in early visual cortex. Many of these results indicate that segmentation processes substantially constrain attentional processes. but the reverse influence is also apparent, suggesting an interactive architecture. We discuss how the 'proto-objects' revealed by studies of segmentation and attention (i.e. the segmented perceptual units which constrain selectivity) may relate to other object-based notions in cognitive science, and we wrestle with their relation to phenomenal visual awareness. (C) 2001 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.

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