Smooth shifts of visual attention

Satoshi Shioiri, Ken Yamamoto, Yoshinori Kageyama, Hirohisa Yaguchi

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To examine whether visual attention shifts continuously across the visual field, we measured sensitivity to a small flash presented at various locations while the observer was tracking a moving target in an ambiguous apparent motion display. The sensitivity peaked near the target and the peak shifted smoothly along the apparent motion path. Since the peak-shift speed varied with the speed of the tracked target, we conclude that the attention mechanism selects the location to facilitate processing by tracking the target disk continuously. Attention does not simply select a location for enhanced processing, but rather predicts the future location of the object of interest based on its velocity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2811-2816
Number of pages6
JournalVision research
Issue number26
Publication statusPublished - 2002 Nov
Externally publishedYes


  • Attentional spotlight
  • Attentive tracking
  • Sensitivity
  • Visual attention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology
  • Sensory Systems


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