On the failure of distractor inhibition in the attentional blink

Dux, Paul E. and Harris, Irina M. (2007) On the failure of distractor inhibition in the attentional blink. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 14 4: 723-728. doi:10.3758/BF03196828

Author Dux, Paul E.
Harris, Irina M.
Title On the failure of distractor inhibition in the attentional blink
Journal name Psychonomic Bulletin and Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1069-9384
Publication date 2007-08
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3758/BF03196828
Volume 14
Issue 4
Start page 723
End page 728
Total pages 6
Place of publication Austin, TX, U.S.A.
Publisher Psychonomic Society
Language eng
Subject 1701 Psychology
Formatted abstract
We investigated whether a failure of distractor inhibition contributes to the magnitude of the attentional blink (AB). Subjects viewed dual-target rapid serial visual presentation (RSVP) streams, where the distractors that directly preceded and succeeded Target 2 (T2-1, T2+1) were either identical to each other or different. Previously, Dux, Coltheart, and Harris (2006) found enhanced target report in RSVP due to repetition of distractors around Target 1, which was interpreted as evidence of distractor inhibition. Here, distractor repetition again attenuated the AB, but only at lag 2, the Target 2 position where T2-1 would have undergone attentive processing. Our results demonstrate that the distractor repetition effect is dependent on attention, and that a failure to inhibit distractors contributes to the AB.
Copyright 2007 Psychonomic Society, Inc.
Keyword Serial visual presentation
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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