Delayed attentional engagement in the attentional blink

Mark R. Nieuwenstein, Marvin M. Chun, Rob H.J. van der Lubbe, Ignace T.C. Hooge

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Observers often miss the 2nd of 2 visual targets (first target [T1] and second target [T2]) when these targets are presented closely in time; the attentional blink (AB). The authors hypothesized that the AB occurs because the attentional response to T2 is delayed by T1 processing, causing T2 to lose a competition for attention to the item that follows it. The authors investigated this hypothesis by determining whether the AB is attenuated when T2 is precued. The results from 4 experiments showed that the duration and magnitude of the AB were substantially reduced when T2 was precued. The observed improvement in T2 report did not occur at the expense of T l report, suggesting that processing of T I was already completed or was at least protected when the cue was presented. The authors conclude that, during the AB, there is a delay between detection and the selection of target candidates for consolidation in short-term memory.
Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)1463-1475
Aantal pagina's13
TijdschriftJournal of Experimental Psychology : Human Perception and Performance
Nummer van het tijdschrift6
StatusPublished - 1-dec-2005
Extern gepubliceerdJa

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