Attending to emerging representations: The importance of task context and time of response

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  • University of Aberdeen
  • University of British Columbia


This chapter examines human attention as indexed by the time-to-respond-to-stimulus events and evaluates the use of this behavioural metric. It discusses the limitations of using reaction time (RT) to make inferences about attention and explains the results of experiences that extend this approach by examining changes in responses over time and across different response systems. The findings reveal that multiple stages and aspects of task performance can contribute to RT and that it is not always clear how exactly attention interacts with these various processes to produce faster responses.


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAttention and Time
Publication statusPublished - 22 Mar 2012


  • Human attention, Reaction time, Response time, Stimulus events, Task performance

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