Comment on Theeuwes's characterization of visual selection

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Theeuwes (2018, this issue) argues that the classic dichotomy describing the factors that guide attention (bottom-up and top-down) is inadequate and should be replaced by a trichotomy (bottom-up, top-down, and selection history). In contrast, I argue that top-down is a broad category that comfortably includes selection history. While one can certainly choose to subdivide broad categories, there is no obvious stopping point for such an endeavor; how long can it be before this trichotomy turns into a "quadchotomy"?

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number26
JournalJournal of Cognition
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2018


  • Attention
  • Capture
  • Visual search

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology


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