Top-down control is not lost in the attentional blink: evidence from intact endogenous cuing

Dexuan Zhang, Liping Shao, Mark Nieuwenstein, Xiaolin Zhou

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The attentional blink (AB) refers to the finding that performance on the second of two targets (T1 and T2) is impaired when the targets are presented at a target onset asynchrony (TOA) of less than 500 ms. One account of the AB assumes that the processing load of T1 leads to a loss of top-down control over stimulus selection. The present study tested this account by examining whether an endogenous spatial cue that indicates the location of a following T2 can facilitate T2 report even when the cue and T2 occur within the time window of the AB. Results from three experiments showed that endogenous cuing had a significant effect on T2 report, both during and outside of the AB; this cuing effect was modulated by both the cue-target onset asynchrony and by cue validity, while it was invariant to the AB. These results suggest that top-down control over target selection is not lost during the AB.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)287-295
Number of pages9
JournalExperimental Brain Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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