James Cutting

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Popular movies present chunk-like events (scenes and subscenes) that promote episodic, serial updating of viewers' representations of the ongoing narrative. Event-indexing theory would suggest that the beginnings of new scenes trigger these updates, which in turn require more cognitive processing. Typically, a new movie event is signaled by an establishing(More)
The hypothesis that abrupt visual onsets capture attention automatically, as suggested by Yantis and Jonides (1984) was tested in four experiments. A centrally located cue directed attention to one of several stimulus positions in preparation for the identification of a target letter embedded in an army of distractor letters. In all experiments, one(More)
Humans process a visual display more efficiently when they encounter it for a second time. A previously perceived object, now presented very briefly, is correctly identified more accurately than a new object, showing priming (Tul-ving & Schacter, 1990). Such perceptual facilitation is seen not only for isolated shapes or words, but also for complex visual(More)
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