chapter  9
Spatial Attention and the Detection of Weak Visual Signals
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M odern attention research had its beginnings in the 1950s, with the dichotic listening studies of Cherry in 1953 and, subsequently, with Broadbent’s lter theory, described in his monograph Perception and Communication in 1958. Research in attention burgeoned during the following decades and its focus switched increasingly from audition to vision. These decades were marked by successive waves of fashionable research topics, each driven by the discovery of new phenomena and accompanied by a proliferation of new theories to explain them. Throughout these changes in fashion, however, two core ideas-the legacy of the rst decade of attention research-continued to provide researchers with fruitful ways to think about attention.