Targeting weeds among the grass: Can effective target processing be trained?

Ang, Yue Ying (2011). Targeting weeds among the grass: Can effective target processing be trained? Honours Thesis, School of Psychology, The University of Queensland.

       
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Author Ang, Yue Ying
Thesis Title Targeting weeds among the grass: Can effective target processing be trained?
School, Centre or Institute School of Psychology
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2011-10-12
Thesis type Honours Thesis
Supervisor Dr Troy Visser
Total pages 64
Language eng
Subjects 1701 Psychology
Abstract/Summary Numerous studies had found that various aspects of visual attention, such as distractibility, can be improved through playing Action Video Games (AVGs), such as Medal of Honour. The present study aimed to investigate if training participants on a common visual paradigm, could also improve participants’ ability to suppress distractors. Ten participants practiced on an attentional blink (AB) task, in which two targets must be identified from amongst multiple distractors. Following initial testing, participants underwent six consecutive days of training sessions on an AB task that involved high or low similarity distractors, and subsequently post-training and a follow-up testing sessions. Three tasks- a conventional AB task, a Klingon AB task and Contingent Capture task, were similarly administered for the pre-training, post-training, and follow-up sessions. Results indicated an overall improvement for both training groups on all tasks, but attenuation of distraction only for the group trained with high-similarity distractors. This suggests that training attention via AVGs can also be accomplished using non-violent laboratory paradigms. Further implication and means of future research were discussed.
Keyword Attentional blink
Suppression of distractors

 
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