The Management of Visual Attention in Graphic Displays
Ronald A. Rensink, Departments of Computer Science and Psychology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC, Canada.

In C. Roda (ed)., Human Attention in Digital Environments (40 pages). Cambridge: University Press. 2011.   [pdf]


This chapter presents an overview of several recent developments in vision science, and outlines some of their implications for the management of visual attention in graphic displays. These include ways of sending attention to the right item at the right time, techniques to improve attentional efficiency, and possibilities for offloading some of the processing typically done by attention onto nonattentional mechanisms. In addition it is argued that such techniques not only allow more effective use to be made of visual attention, but also open up new possibilities for human-machine interaction.

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