Previous attentional set can induce an attentional blink with task-irrelevant initial targets

Thompson, C ORCID:, 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.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Applied Research in Health, Welfare and Policy
Journal or Publication Title: Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1747-0218
Depositing User: Dr Catherine Thompson
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2010 10:22
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 10:02

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