A theory of visual attention.

@article{Bundesen1990ATO,
  title={A theory of visual attention.},
  author={Claus Bundesen},
  journal={Psychological review},
  year={1990},
  volume={97 4},
  pages={
          523-47
        }
}
  • C. Bundesen
  • Published 1 October 1990
  • Psychology, Biology
  • Psychological review
A unified theory of visual recognition and attentional selection is developed by integrating the biased-choice model for single-stimulus recognition (Luce, 1963; Shepard, 1957) with a choice model for selection from multielement displays (Bundesen, Pedersen, & Larsen, 1984) in a race model framework. Mathematically, the theory is tractable, and it specifies the computations necessary for selection. The theory is applied to extant findings from a broad range of experimental paradigms. The… 
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