Experience-Driven Auditory Attention

Douglas A. Addleman, Yuhong V. Jiang

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In addition to conscious goals and stimulus salience, an observer's prior experience also influences selective attention. Early studies demonstrated experience-driven effects on attention mainly in the visual modality, but increasing evidence shows that experience drives auditory selection as well. We review evidence for a multiple-levels framework of auditory attention, in which experience-driven attention relies on mechanisms that acquire control settings and mechanisms that guide attention towards selected stimuli. Mechanisms of acquisition include cue–target associative learning, reward learning, and sensitivity to prior selection history. Once acquired, implementation of these biases can occur either consciously or unconsciously. Future research should more fully characterize the sources of experience-driven auditory attention and investigate the neural mechanisms used to acquire and implement experience-driven auditory attention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)927-937
Number of pages11
JournalTrends in Cognitive Sciences
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2019

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  • auditory attention
  • experience-driven attention
  • multiple-levels framework
  • selection history


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