Séminaire Sebastiaan Mathôt
University of Groningen, The Netherlands
How working memory guides attention: From lab to life
When I'm looking for a red coffee cup, my gaze is automatically drawn towards other red objects. This happens because the color red (and other features of the coffee cup) serves as an "attentional template", and objects that match this template automatically attract attention. But what exactly is an attentional template? After all, giving something a name doesn't explain it. And are attentional templates artificial lab phenomena, or do they also play a role in real-life situations? In this talk, I will describe a series of studies, building on the work that I started at the LPC, in which we've tried to address these questions.