Effect of Attention in Peripheral Vision


THE facts adduced by B. Babington Smith1 appear to be new. At first it seemed that they might be explained in terms of what Stout calls “the conditions of attention”2—conditions that include change as well as extensity, intensity, duration, contrast and interest. If Stout is right, the factor missing in the object was change. I therefore repeated the experiment with objects containing moving parts, like the second-hand of a watch and an oscillating compass needle, and was amazed to find that the peripheral fade-out was, if anything, more marked.

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    Nature, 189, 776 (1961).

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    Stout, G. F., Manual of Psychology, fourth ed., 167.

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THOMSON, A. Effect of Attention in Peripheral Vision. Nature 191, 732 (1961). https://doi.org/10.1038/191732a0

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