Why Does Natural Scene Categorization Require Little Attention? Exploring Attentional Requirements for Natural and Synthetic Stimuli

@inproceedings{FeiFei2005WhyDN,
  title={Why Does Natural Scene Categorization Require Little Attention? Exploring Attentional Requirements for Natural and Synthetic Stimuli},
  author={Li Fei-Fei and Rufin VanRullen and Christof Koch and Pietro Perona},
  year={2005}
}
It was recently demonstrated that detecting target objects (e.g., animals) in natural scenes can be done in a dual-task paradigm, in the near absence of spatial attention. Under the same conditions, subjects were unable to perform apparently simpler tasks involving synthetic stimuli (e.g., discriminating randomly rotated Ts and Ls, or a bisected colour disc and its mirror image). Classical theories predict that attention is more critical for the recognition of complex stimuli that cannot be… CONTINUE READING
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