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Attention and automaticity: Toward a theoretical integration

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We sketch an initial version of a theory intended to account for the role of attention in the acquisition and expression of automaticity, and we test some initial predictions. The theory combines Logan's instance theory of automaticity and Bundesen's theory of visual attention, with Bundesen's theory determining what Logan's theory learns. We report four experiments that test the assumption that subjects learn what they report explicitly do not learn what they do not report explicitly. The experiments provide partial support for the predictions and encourage further development of the combined theory.

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Received: 4 September 1997 / Accepted: 12 January 1998

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Logan, G., Taylor, S. & Etherton, J. Attention and automaticity: Toward a theoretical integration. Psychological Research Psychologische Forschung 62, 165–181 (1999).

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