This special issue of Visual Cognition collects some 30 articles on Visual Search and Attention by leading experts from a variety of disciplines, including experimental psychology, neuropsychology, neurophysiology and computational modelling. The articles are updated versions of papers presented at the 2003 Munich Visual Search Symposium. The symposium’s goal, carried forward in this collection, was to foster an interdisciplinary dialogue, in order to identify important shared issues and consider ways of how these can be resolved using convergent methodologies. Reflecting the symposium discussions, the Special Issue is divided into four thematic sections: preattentive processing and role of memory in visual search, brain mechanisms and computational modelling of visual search.
Cave, From Searching for Features to Searching for Threat: Drawing the Boundary between Preattentive and Attentive Vision. Donk, The Preview Benefit: Visual Marking, Feature-based Inhibition, Temporal Segregation, or Onset Capture. Leber, Egeth, Attention on Autopilot: Past Experience and Attentional Set. Smilek, Enns, Relax! Cognitive Strategy Influences Visual Search. Folk, Top-down Modulation of Preattentive Processing: Testing the Recovery Account of Contingent Capture. Gilchrist, Evidence for a Systematic Component Within Scanpaths in Visual search. Hollingworth, Visual Memory for Natural Scenes: Evidence From Change Detection and Visual Search. Horowitz, Revisiting the Variable Memory Model of Visual Search. Klein, Does The Inspector Have a Memory? McCarley, Oculomotor Behavior in Visual Search for Multiple Targets. Muller, Locus of Dimension Weighting: Pre-attentive or Post-selective? Northdurft, Salience and Target Selection in Visual Search. Olivers, The Preview Search Task: Evidence for Visual Marking. Pomerantz, Color as a Gestalt: Pop Out with Basic Features and With Conjunctions. Theeuwes, Visual Search for Featural Singletons: No Top-down Modulation, Only Bottom-up Priming. Treisman, How the Deployment of Attention Determines What We See. Wolfe, Why Don't We See Changes? The Role of Attentional Bottlenecks and Limited Visual Memory. Fanini, Chelazzi, Selecting and Ignoring the Component Features of a Visual Object: A Negative Priming Paradigm. Deco, The Neurodynamics of Visual Search. Heinke, Top-down Guidance of Visual Search: A Computational Account. Humphreys, Contributions Fom Cognitive Neuroscience to Understanding Functional Mechanisms of Visual Search. Itti, Quantitative Modeling of Perceptual Salience at Human Eye Position. Lavie, Frontal Control of Attentional Capture in Visual Search. Zhaoping, A Theory of a Saliency Map in Prmary Visual Cortex (V1) Tested by Psychophysics of Color-orientation Interference in Texture Segmentation. Pollmann, Neural Correlates of Visual Dimension Weighting. Robertson, Visual Search and Spatial Deficits. Robertson, Attending to Space Within and Between Objects: Implications From a Patient with Balint's Syndrome. Treue, Visual Search and Single-cell Electrophysiology of Attention - Area MT, From Sensation to Perception. O'Shea, Walsh, On the Roles of the Human Frontal Eye Fields and Parietal Cortex in Visual Search. Woodman, The Role of Working Memory and Long-term Working Memory in Visual Search. McDonald, Estimating the Proportion of Preplanned Refixations in Natural Reading Using Monte-Carlo Simulations. Horstmann, Attentional Shifts to Rare Singletons. Luna, Effects of Perceptual Grouping on Positive and Negative Priming. Belke, Visual Determinants of Preferred Adjective Order. Lambert, The Spatial Correspondence Hypothesis and Orienting in Response to Central and Peripheral Spatial Cues. Meeter, Intertrial Priming Stemming From Ambiguity: A New Account of Priming in Visual Search. Dori, Indications for Two Attentional Gradients in Endogenous Visual-Spatial Attention. Stevanovski, Symbolic- and Response-related Contributions to Blindness in Compatible Stimuli.