Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
| Editors: Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, John DeLuca, Bruce Caplan

Cue Dominance

  • Ronald A. CohenEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_1283


Cue salience; Orienting stimulus; Stimulus strength


Cue dominance refers to the tendency to perceive or respond to a particular stimulus or class of stimuli over others in the environment. Stimuli may either have intrinsic properties that give them strength or “dominance” based on physical attributes (e.g., loudness, color) or may acquire dominance (i.e., propensity to elicit a response) as a function of associative learning and task demands.

Current Knowledge

Cue dominance is an important principle derived from behavioral studies of animal conditioning and learning theories. It provides a theoretical foundation for the neuroscience of selective attention, linking basic behavioral and learning processes with higher-order information processing.

In the context of behavioral conditioning, cues refer to stimuli that have the capacity to elicit an orienting response, anticipation, subsequent attention, and response intention and preparation. Cues lack the inherent...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Clinical and Health PsychologyCollege of Public Health and Health Professions, University of FloridaGainesvilleUSA
  2. 2.Center for Cognitive Aging and MemoryMcKnight Brain Institute, University of FloridaGainesvilleUSA