Attention is spontaneously biased toward regularities.

@article{Zhao2013AttentionIS,
  title={Attention is spontaneously biased toward regularities.},
  author={Jiaying Zhao and Naseem Al-Aidroos and Nicholas B. Turk-Browne},
  journal={Psychological science},
  year={2013},
  volume={24 5},
  pages={667-77}
}
Knowledge about regularities in the environment can be used to facilitate perception, memory, and language acquisition. Given this usefulness, we hypothesized that statistically structured sources of information receive attentional priority over noisier sources, independent of their intrinsic salience or goal relevance. We report three experiments that support this hypothesis. Experiment 1 shows that regularities bias spatial attention: Visual search was facilitated at a location containing… CONTINUE READING
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