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Wolfgang Prinz, Miriam Beisert, and Arvid Herwig

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780262018555

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262018555.001.0001

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Beyond Serial Stages for Attentional Selection: The Critical Role of Action

Beyond Serial Stages for Attentional Selection: The Critical Role of Action

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Action Science

Glyn W. Humphreys

The MIT Press

This chapter examines the key role of action in every sphere of human activity. Investigations reveal that attention demonstrates the need to perform well-planned actions involving the selection of a proper object for an appropriate action. The chapter suggests an alternative selection mechanism, which emphasizes interaction among object and action selection processes to derive better results, and which shows that selection is critical to perform an action and that limitations associated with actions are observed in initial stages of object selection. It presents evidence suggesting that prevailing perpetual systems are receptive to action-related characteristics of objects. Investigative evidence also suggests that the ability to perform a motor action within a given location in space manipulates the stimuli selection at that specific location.

Keywords:   human activity, selection mechanism, object selection, stimuli selection

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