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Changes in the size of attentional focus modulate the apparent object’s size.

A new interesting article has been published in Vision Res. 2018 Dec;153:82-90. doi: 10.1016/j.visres.2018.10.004. Epub 2018 Nov 2. Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov’t and titled:

Changes in the size of attentional focus modulate the apparent object’s size.

Authors of this article are:

Kirsch W, Heitling B, Kunde W.

A summary of the article is shown below:

Previous research has shown that the allocation of spatial attention at a small region of space increases the apparent size of the adjacent spatial area. In four experiments reported here, we systematically induced either small or large foci of attention and examined how this affects the perceived object’s size. We observed that an increase in the size of the attentional focus consistently decreased the apparent object’s size. This outcome provides new insights into how attention alters appearance.

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This article is a good source of information and a good way to become familiar with topics such as:

Attention;Size perception

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