Food Catches the Eye but Not for Everyone: A BMI–Contingent Attentional Bias in Rapid Detection of Nutriments

@inproceedings{Nummenmaa2011FoodCT,
  title={Food Catches the Eye but Not for Everyone: A BMI–Contingent Attentional Bias in Rapid Detection of Nutriments},
  author={Lauri Nummenmaa and Jari K. Hietanen and Manuel G. Calvo and Jukka Hy{\"o}n{\"a}},
  booktitle={PloS one},
  year={2011}
}
An organism's survival depends crucially on its ability to detect and acquire nutriment. Attention circuits interact with cognitive and motivational systems to facilitate detection of salient sensory events in the environment. Here we show that the human attentional system is tuned to detect food targets among nonfood items. In two visual search experiments participants searched for discrepant food targets embedded in an array of nonfood distracters or vice versa. Detection times were faster… CONTINUE READING
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