Discrimination of Successiveness: A Test of a Model of Attention

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Science  11 Jan 1963:
Vol. 139, Issue 3550, pp. 112-113
DOI: 10.1126/science.139.3550.112


Interpreting attention as a periodic phenomenon, we show its relevance to discriminating the successiveness of signals presented to separate sense modalities. Experiments confirm the expected linear relation between the probability of discriminating pairs of successive from pairs of simultaneous signals and make it possible to infer the period of attention.