Previous attentional set can induce an attentional blink with task-irrelevant initial targets
Thompson, C, Underwood, G and Crundall, D 2007, 'Previous attentional set can induce an attentional blink with task-irrelevant initial targets ' , Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 60 (12) , pp. 1603-1609.
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Identification of a second target is often impaired by the requirement to process a prior target in a rapid serial visual presentation (RSVP). This is termed the attentional blink. Even when the first target is task-irrelevant an attentional blink may occur providing this first target shares similar features with the second target (contingent capture). An RSVP experiment was undertaken to assess whether this first target can still cause an attentional blink when it did not require a response and did not share any features with the following target. The results revealed that such task-irrelevant targets can induce an attentional blink providing that they were task-relevant on a previous block of trials. This suggests that irrelevant focal stimuli can distract attention on the basis of a previous attentional set.
|Themes:||Subjects / Themes > B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology|
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|Schools:||Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care|
Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work > Centre for Social Justice Research
|Journal or Publication Title:||Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology|
|Publisher:||Taylor & Francis|
|Depositing User:||C Thompson|
|Date Deposited:||20 Sep 2010 11:22|
|Last Modified:||16 Mar 2012 16:06|
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