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(2016)PSYCHONOMIC BULLETIN & REVIEW.23(4).p.1190-1197 Mark abstract Selective attention is not limited to information that is physically present in the external world, but can also operate on mental representations in the internal world. However, it is not known whether mechanisms of attentional selection in mental space operate in a similar fashion as in physical space. We studied the spatial distribution of attention for items in physical and in mental space by comparing how successfully distracters were rejected at varying distances from the attended location. The results indicate very similar distribution characteristics of spatial attention in physical and mental space. Specifically, we found that performance monotonically improved with increasing distracter distance relative to the attended location suggesting that distracter confusability is particularly pronounced for nearby distracters relative to further away distracters. The present findings suggest that mental representations preserve their spatial configuration in working memory, and that similar mechanistic principles underlie selective attention in physical and mental space.

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Author: Muhammet Ikbal Sahan , Tom Verguts , Nico Böhler , Gilles Pourtois and Wim Fias

Source: https://biblio.ugent.be/publication/7197325



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