Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Open Peer Commentary
Pylyshyn: Vision and cognition

Even feature integration is cognitively impenetrable

Dale J. Cohen a1 and Michael Kubovy a2
a1 Department of Psychology, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Wilmington, NC 28403 www.uncwiledu/people/cohend/
a2 Department of Psychology, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 22903


Pylyshyn is willing to assume that attention can influence feature integration. We argue that he concedes too much. Feature integration occurs preattentively, except in the case of certain “perverse” displays, such as those used in feature-conjunction searches.