Simultaneous attentional guidance by working-memory and selection history reveals two distinct sources of attention

Jeremy D. Schwark, Igor Dolgov, Joshua Sandry, C. Brooks Volkman

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Recent theories of attention have proposed that selection history is a separate, dissociable source of information that influences attention. The current study sought to investigate the simultaneous involvement of selection history and working-memory on attention during visual search. Experiments 1 and 2 used target feature probability to manipulate selection history and found significant effects of both working-memory and selection history, although working-memory dominated selection history when they cued different locations. Experiment 3 eliminated the contribution of voluntary refreshing of working-memory and replicated the main effects, although selection history became dominant. Using the same methodology, but with reduced probability cue validity, both effects were present in Experiment 4 and did not significantly differ in their contribution to attention. Effects of selection history and working-memory never interacted. These results suggest that selection history and working-memory are separate influences on attention and have little impact on each other. Theoretical implications for models of attention are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)269-278
Number of pages10
JournalActa Psychologica
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2013



  • Attention
  • Contextual cuing
  • Probability
  • Selection history
  • Visual search
  • Working memory

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