Foxes, hedgehogs, and attentional capture

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Isaiah Berlin famously suggested that thinkers can be characterized into two groups, foxes and hedgehogs. Foxes multiply ideas, hedgehogs stretch them. Hedgehoggy thinking, based around core universal principles, has historically dominated capture research and is prominent in Luck, S. J., Gaspelin, N., Folk, C. L., Remington, R. W., & Theeuwes, J. (2021. Progress toward resolving the attentional capture debate. Visual Cognition, 29(1), 1–21. However, results increasingly suggest that attentional control is complicated and messy. There is a need for careful identification of neural bases and the development of incremental, contextual theory, i.e. there is a need for foxy thinking.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)596-599
JournalVisual Cognition
Issue number9
Early online date28 Sept 2021
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 28 Sept 2021


  • Attention
  • capture
  • control


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