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Do local and global perceptual biases tell us anything about local and global selective attention?

Caparos, S.; Linnell, Karina J; Bremner, Andrew J.; De Fockert, J. W. and Davidoff, Jules B.. 2013. Do local and global perceptual biases tell us anything about local and global selective attention? Psychological Science, 24(2), pp. 206-212. ISSN 0956-7976 [Article]

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Local, as opposed to global, perceptual bias has been linked to a lesser ability to attend globally. We examined this proposed link in Himba observers, members of a remote Namibian population who have demonstrated a strong local bias compared with British observers. If local perceptual bias is related to a lesser ability to attend globally, Himba observers, relative to British observers, should be less distracted by global information when performing a local-selection task but more distracted by local information when performing a global-selection task. However, Himba observers performed better than British observers did on both a local-selection task and a global-selection task (both of which used local/global hierarchical figures as stimuli), which suggests that they possessed greater control over attentional selection in response to task demands. We conclude that local and global perceptual biases must be distinguished from local and global selective attention.

Item Type: Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1177/0956797612452569

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Psychology
Research Office > REF2014

Dates:

DateEvent
1 February 2013Published

Item ID:

7190

Date Deposited:

24 May 2013 08:21

Last Modified:

30 Oct 2017 13:01

URI: http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/7190
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