publication . Article . 2003

The behavioral ecology of a cognitive constraint: limited attention

Colin W. Clark; Reuven Dukas;
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  • Published: 01 Mar 2003 Journal: Behavioral Ecology, volume 14, pages 151-156 (eissn: 1465-7279, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (OUP)
Abstract
Limited attention may constrain animal behavior in situations in which the rate of relevant information exceeds the threshold processing capacity of the brain. In the present study, we examine why attention is limited by quantifying how attention affects the ubiquitous problem of balancing foraging and antipredator activity. We analyze how a given attentional capacity affects feeding requirements, the optimal attentional focus during predator scanning, and the probability of detecting predators. Our model indicates that because of the complex interplay between the costs and benefits associated with a given attentional capacity, limited attention can be an optima...
Subjects
free text keywords: attention; cognition; constraint; foraging; predation risk, Cognitive psychology, Predator, Animal behavior, Foraging, Cognition, Biology, Predation, Behavioral ecology, Ecology
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publication . Article . 2003

The behavioral ecology of a cognitive constraint: limited attention

Colin W. Clark; Reuven Dukas;