Prof. Dr. Schuboe

Determining priority in visual selection

Planned research

The visual environment offers many interesting objects that compete for an observer’s attention at any moment in time. Project B3 investigates how attentional control mechanisms are coordinated in guiding visual selective attention. Work in the first project phase has shown that motivational value and learning can bias attentional selection beyond top-down and bottom-up control. In the second project phase we aim for a better understanding of the relation of motivational and informational value in attention guidance, and we want to examine the mechanisms underlying attentional selection in less structured, more natural environments. ERP markers of attentional selection and distractor suppression will be used together with other EEG parameters to examine how priority is determined in visual selection.

Current research

The visual environment offers numerous potentially interesting objects that compete for an observer’s attention at any moment in time. Project B3 investigates the role of valuation in determining what part of the visual world receives highest priority in attention guidance. Visual displays with several potentially interesting targets will be used and the effects of valuation will be compared to other forms of selection bias (action goals, visual salience, and prior knowledge). The N2pc, a marker for attention deployment in the event-related brain potential (ERP), will be used together with other EEG parameters to determine how and at what level valuation affects visual selection.

new project-related publications
Bergmann, N., Koch, D., & Schubö, A. (2019). Reward expectation facilitates context learning and attentional guidance in visual search. Journal of vision, 19(3), 10-10. find paper
Bergmann, N., Tünnermann, J. & Schubö, A. (2020). Which search are you on? Adapting to color while searching for shape. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 82, 457-477. find paper
Feldmann-Wüstefeld, T., Busch, N. A., & Schubö, A. (2020). Failed suppression of salient stimuli precedes behavioral errors. Journal of cognitive neuroscience, 32(2), 367-377. find paper
Henare, D., Kadel, H. & Schubö, A. (2020). Voluntary control of task selection does not eliminate the impact of selection history on attention. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 32, 2159-2177. find paper
Heuer, A., & Schubö, A. (2018). Separate and combined effects of action relevance and motivational value on visual working memory. Journal of vision, 18(5), 14-14. find paper DOI
Heuer, A., & Schubö, A. (2019). Cueing distraction: electrophysiological evidence for anticipatory active suppression of distractor location. Psychological research, 1-11. find paper DOI
Heuer, A., Wolf, C., Schütz, A. C., & Schubö, A. (2019). The possibility to make choices modulates feature-based effects of reward. Scientific reports, 9(1), 1-9. find paper DOI
former project-related publications
Dötsch, D., Vesper, C., & A. Schubö (2017). How you move is what I see: Planning an action biases a partner’s visual search. Frontiers in psychology, 8:77. find paper
Feldmann-Wuestefeld, T., & Schuboe, A. (2016). Intertrial priming due to distractor repetition is eliminated in homogeneous contexts. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 1-13. find paper
Feldmann-Wüstefeld, T. & Schubö, A. (2015). Action planning mediates guidance of visual attention from working memory. Journal of Ophthalmology, 2015, 387378. find paper
Feldmann-Wüstefeld, T., Brandhofer, R., & Schubö, A. (2016). Rewarded visual items capture attention only in heterogeneous contexts. Psychophysiology, 53, 1063-1073. DOI find paper
Feldmann-Wüstefeld, T., Miyakoshi, M., Petilli, M. A., Schubö, A., & Makeig, S. (2017). Reduced visual attention in heterogeneous textures is reflected in occipital alpha and theta band activity. PloS one, 12(12). find paper DATA
Feldmann-Wüstefeld, T., Uengoer, M. & Schubö, A. (2015). You see what you have learned. Evidence for an interrelation of associative learning and visual selective attention. Psychophysiology, 52, 1483–1497. DOI find paper
Heuer, A. & A. Schubö (2016). Selective weighting of action-related feature dimensions on visual working memory. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 1-6.DOI find paper
Heuer, A., Crawford, J.D. & a. Schubö (2017). Action relevance induces an attentional weighting of representations in visual working memory. Memory & Cognition, 45,413-427. DOI find paper
Heuer, A., Wolf, C., Schütz, A. C., & Schubö, A. (2017). The necessity to choose causes reward-related anticipatory biasing: Parieto-occipital alpha-band oscillations reveal suppression of low-value targets. Scientific reports, 7(1), 1-11. find paper DOI
Kadel, H., Feldmann-Wüstefeld, T. & A. Schubö (2017). Selection history alters attentional filter settings persistently and beyond top-down control. Psychophysiology, 54(5), 736-754. DOI find paper
Koenig , S., Kadel , H., Uengoer, M., Schubö , A. & Lachnit , H. (2017). Reward draws the eye uncertainty holds the eye: Associative learning modulates distracter interference in visual search. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 11, 128. DOI find paper
Oemisch, M., Watson, M. R., Womelsdorf, T., & Schubö, A. (2017). Changes of attention during value-based reversal learning are tracked by N2pc and feedback-related negativity. Frontiers in human neuroscience, 11, 540. find paper
Wolf, C., Heuer, A., Schubö, A., & Schütz, A. C. (2017). The necessity to choose causes the effects of reward on saccade preparation. Scientific reports, 7(1), 1-10. find paper DOI