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Alexander Krüger, Jan Tünnermann, Lukas Stratmann, Lucas Briese, Falko Dressler and Ingrid Scharlau, "TVA in the wild: Applying the theory of visual attention to game-like and less controlled experiments," Open Psychology, vol. 3 (1), pp. 1–46, April 2021.


As a formal theory, Bundesen’s theory of visual attention (TVA) enables the estimation of several theoretically meaningful parameters involved in attentional selection and visual encoding. As of yet, TVA has almost exclusively been used in restricted empirical scenarios such as whole and partial report and with strictly controlled stimulus material. We present a series of experiments in which we test whether the advantages of TVA can be exploited in more realistic scenarios with varying degree of stimulus control. This includes brief experimental sessions conducted on different mobile devices, computer games, and a driving simulator. Overall, six experiments demonstrate that the TVA parameters for processing capacity and attentional weight can be measured with sufficient precision in less controlled scenarios and that the results do not deviate strongly from typical laboratory results, although some systematic differences were found.

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Alexander Krüger
Jan Tünnermann
Lukas Stratmann
Lucas Briese
Falko Dressler
Ingrid Scharlau

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    author = {Kr{\"{u}}ger, Alexander and T{\"{u}}nnermann, Jan and Stratmann, Lukas and Briese, Lucas and Dressler, Falko and Scharlau, Ingrid},
    doi = {10.1515/psych-2021-0001},
    title = {{TVA in the wild: Applying the theory of visual attention to game-like and less controlled experiments}},
    pages = {1--46},
    journal = {Open Psychology},
    issn = {2543-8883},
    publisher = {De Gruyter},
    month = {4},
    number = {1},
    volume = {3},
    year = {2021},

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