Attentional tuning resets after failures of perceptual awareness

Dux, Paul E., Roseboom, Warrick and Olivers, Christian N. L. (2013) Attentional tuning resets after failures of perceptual awareness. PLoS One, 8 4: e60623.1-e60623.6. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0060623

Author Dux, Paul E.
Roseboom, Warrick
Olivers, Christian N. L.
Title Attentional tuning resets after failures of perceptual awareness
Journal name PLoS One   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1932-6203
Publication date 2013-04
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0060623
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 8
Issue 4
Start page e60623.1
End page e60623.6
Total pages 6
Place of publication San Francisco, CA United States
Publisher Public Library of Science
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Key to successfully negotiating our environment is our ability to adapt to current settings based on recent experiences and behaviour. Response conflict paradigms (e.g., the Stroop task) have provided evidence for increases in executive control after errors, leading to slowed responses that are more likely to be correct, and less susceptible to response congruency effects. Here we investigate whether failures of perceptual awareness, rather than failures at decisional or response stages of information processing, lead to similar adjustments in visual attention. We employed an attentional blink task in which subjects often fail to consciously register the second of two targets embedded in a rapid serial visual presentation stream of distractors, and examined how target errors influence performance on subsequent trials. Performance was inferior after Target 2 errors and these inter-trial effects were independent of the temporal lag between the targets and were not due to more global changes in attention across runs of trials. These results shed light on the nature of attentional calibration in response to failures of perceptual consciousness
Keyword Anterior Cingulate Cortex
Resource Depletion Accounts
Cognitive Control
Electrophysiological Evidence
Temporal Attention
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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