Attention as an attraction field (AAF): The development and evaluation of a novel model of spatial attention.Grant Type: Extended Grant, Second Year
Institute: Department of Psychology, Haifa University
The term spatial attention refers to the selective processing of information at a given location in space. Numerous studies, conducted both at the neuronal and behavioral levels, explored the effects of attention. We propose a model that can unify the outcomes of many such studies under a single attentional mechanism. Specifically, we suggest that the allocation of attention to a location attracts the centers of receptive fields towards this location. This shift of receptive fields towards the center of attention may be viewed as the physiological instantiation of the concentration of resources at the focus of attention.