David R. Painter

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The visual world is typically too complex to permit full apprehension of its content from a single fixation. Humans therefore use visual search to direct attention and eye movements to locations or objects of interest in cluttered scenes. Psychophysical investigations have revealed that observers can select target elements from within an array of(More)
With experience, particular objects can predict good or bad outcomes. This alters our perceptual response to them: Reliable predictors of salient outcomes are recognized faster and better than unreliable predictors, regardless of the value (gain, loss) of the outcome they predict. When attentional resources are constrained, learned value associations(More)
Setting attention for an elementary visual feature, such as color or motion, results in greater spatial attentional "capture" from items with target compared with distractor features. Thus, capture is contingent on feature-based control settings. Neuroimaging studies suggest that this contingent attentional capture involves interactions between dorsal and(More)
Representations underpinning action and language overlap and interact very closely. There are bidirectional interactions between word and action comprehension, semantic processing of language, and response selection. This study extends our understanding of the influence of speech on concurrent motor execution. Participants reached-to-grasp the top or bottom(More)
When we perceive an action it is internally transformed into a motor representation akin to the execution of that same action. Motor priming studies show that action observation facilitates the execution of physically similar actions, but interferes with the performance of dissimilar actions. Some evidence suggests, however, that once a specific motor plan(More)
When visual attention is set for a particular target feature, such as color or shape, neural responses to that feature are enhanced across the visual field. This global feature-based enhancement is hypothesized to underlie the contingent attentional capture effect, in which task-irrelevant items with the target feature capture spatial attention. In humans,(More)
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