Objects of Our Attention - A/Prof Branka Spehar

What is this research about?

The visual stimulation presents too much information to be perceived, remembered, and acted upon, and only a subset of relevant information is prioritised by attentional processes for further processing. The two most studied aspects of this selective operation concern the manner in which it is achieved (top-down or bottom-up) and the content of such selection (locations or objects).

Perceptual organization – the structuring visual information into coherent units – is of crucial importance and influence in this regard. The aim of this project is to directly probe mechanisms by which isolated and fragmented features are integrated into coherent perceptual wholes capable of influencing attentional deployment.

Other researchers involved:

Dr Yumiko Otsuka, Ehime University, Japan
Zoey Isherwood (PhD student)

Publications relating to this research:

Owens C;Spehar B, 2016, 'Do sudden onsets need to be perceived as new objects to capture attention? The interplay between sensory transients and display configuration', Attention, Perception, and Psychophysics, vol. 78, pp. 1916 - 1925, http://dx.doi.org/10.3758/s13414-016-1183-7

Kimchi R;Yeshurun Y;Spehar B;Pirkner Y, 2016, 'Perceptual organization, visual attention, and objecthood', Vision Research, vol. 126, pp. 34 - 51, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.visres.2015.07.008

Spehar B;Halim VA, 2016, 'Created unequal: Temporal dynamics of modal and amodal boundary interpolation', Vision Research, vol. 126, pp. 97 - 108, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.visres.2015.10.006


To find out more about this research, please contact Associate Professor Branka Spehar.