Pavlovian learning in the selection history-dependent control of overt spatial attention. Academic Article uri icon


  • Learning from rewarding and aversive outcomes shapes how sensory signals are processed by the attention system, reflecting a consequence of selection history. Substantial evidence points to Pavlovian associative learning as the mechanism by which previously reward-associated and aversively conditioned stimulus features gain attentional priority. On the basis of differences between reward-dependent feature-based and space-based attentional biases, it has been suggested that reinforcement learning underlies the influence of selection history on spatial attention. By pairing the orienting of overt spatial attention with aversive electric shock, we provide direct evidence that Pavlovian learning between locations and outcomes can shape spatial attention. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2022 APA, all rights reserved).

published proceedings

  • J Exp Psychol Hum Percept Perform

author list (cited authors)

  • Anderson, B. A., Liao, M., & Grgoire, L.

citation count

  • 0

complete list of authors

  • Anderson, Brian A||Liao, Ming-Ray||GrĂ©goire, Laurent

publication date

  • August 2022