Published On: 21/06/2002|Categories: 1998–2002, Vol.23 (2), Vol.23 (2002)|


Ruz and Lupiáñez have provided a comprehensive review of the attentional capture research and we agree with their conclusion that attentional capture is automatic by default, but can be modulated by endogenous factors. One such endogenous factor is an attentional control setting, whereby topdown processes largely determine what type of visual events will capture attention. As noted by Ruz and Lupiáñez, there is considerable evidence both for attentional control settings and for the significant impact such settings have on various types of attentional tasks (although there is evidence that, in certain situations, bottom-up processes may largely determine behavior)

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