Cuing and stimulus probability effects on the P3 and the AB

Sander Martens*, Karlem Elmallah, Raquel London, Addie Johnson

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Two experiments were conducted to investigate the relation between the attentional blink (AB), a deficit in reporting the second of two targets when it occurs 200-500 ms after the first, and the P3 component of the event-related potential. Consistent with the view that the AB reflects a limited ability to consolidate information in working memory and that the P3 reflects working memory updating, increasing the amplitude of the P3 elicited by a first target (T1) by varying T1 probability (Experiment 1) or T1 cue validity (Experiment 2) led to an increase of the AB. Overall, the P3 elicited by T I was greater when T2 was not identified than when it was. However, the correlation between P3 and AB magnitude across participants was not significant, leaving open the question of how direct the relationship between the P3 and the AB is. (c) 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)204-218
Number of pages15
JournalActa Psychologica
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Nov-2006


  • attentional blink
  • EEG
  • P3
  • attention

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