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Psychological Science 22(9) 11651172

Summary: Psychological Science
22(9) 1165≠1172
© The Author(s) 2011
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DOI: 10.1177/0956797611419168
A central debate in consciousness studies revolves around
whether visual attention is required for visual awareness (Block,
2005; Koch & Tsuchiya, 2007; Lamme, 2003; O'Regan & NoŽ,
2001; Posner, 1994). Classic models of vision posit that con-
scious perception of feature conjunctions and whole objects
requires attention (Treisman & Gelade, 1980). Studies using a
variety of psychophysical paradigms involving inattentional
blindness, change blindness, and the attentional blink have sup-
ported this view by showing that significant events and changes
will not reach awareness without attention (Joseph, Chun, &
Nakayama, 1997; Mack & Rock, 1998; Rensink, O'Regan, &
Clark, 1997).
Amid all of this research, however, findings for one stimulus


Source: Alvarez, George A. - Department of Psychology, Harvard University


Collections: Biology and Medicine