Bridge-Building: SFT Interrogation of Major Cognitive Phenomena

Daniel Algom*, Daniel Fitousi, Ami Eidels

*Corresponding author for this work

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In early studies employing the SFT, the stimuli were simple visual signals, mainly dots, lines, or letters of the alphabet. Although this feature facilitated focusing on theory development, it has reduced the impact of SFT on mainstream cognitive science. The goal of this chapter is to reconnect the SFT to cognitive psychology via an SFT-guided examination of four major phenomena of current cognitive science: the Stroop and Garner effects in attention, the Size-Congruity effect in numerical cognition, and the Redundant-Target effect in speeded signal detection. We show that, in each case, the SFT analysis led to novel insights, reformulating old problems and challenging established theories.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSystems Factorial Technology
Subtitle of host publicationA Theory Driven Methodology for the Identification of Perceptual and Cognitive Mechanisms
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9780128043868
ISBN (Print)9780128043158
StatePublished - 7 Apr 2017


  • Redundant-target effect
  • Separability and integrality
  • Size-congruity effect
  • Stroop and Garner effects
  • Stroop theory


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