Visual Attention: Control, Representation, and Time Course

Howard E. Egeth, Steven Yantis

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Three central problems in the recent literature on visual attention are reviewed. The first concerns the control of attention by top-down (or goal-directed) and bottom-up (or stimulus-driven) processes. The second concerns the representational basis for visual selection, including how much attention can be said to be location- or object-based. Finally, we consider the time course of attention as it is directed to one stimulus after another.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)269-297
Number of pages29
JournalAnnual review of psychology
StatePublished - 1997


  • Attention
  • Cognition
  • Human subjects
  • Perception
  • Psychophysics
  • Reaction time
  • Vision
  • Visual search

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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