Habit-like attention

Yuhong V Jiang, Caitlin A. Sisk

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The control of selective attention is traditionally considered to be either goal-driven or stimulus-driven. Increasing research, however, has linked past experience to attentional selection. Effects of selection history may be transient, as in inter-trial priming, or durable. Here we review several examples of enduring changes of attention and relate them to properties of habits. Like motor habits, reading direction is reinforced over an extended period of time. Despite the brevity of training, probability learning, context learning, value-driven attention, and learned attentional set also exhibit habit-like properties, including automaticity, insensitivity to outcome devaluation, and inflexibility. A consideration of whether a selection history effect is habit-like may help taxonomize diverse forms of experience-driven attention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)65-70
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Opinion in Psychology
StatePublished - Oct 2019

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We thank Roger Remington for suggestions. This work was supported by the Engdahl Family Research fund (YJ) and a graduate summer research fund (CS) .

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