The Meaning of the Mask Matters : Evidence of Conceptual Interference in the Attentional Blink

Dux, Paul E, and Coltheart, Veronika (2005) The Meaning of the Mask Matters : Evidence of Conceptual Interference in the Attentional Blink. Psychological Science, 16 10: 775-779. doi:10.1111/j.1467-9280.2005.01613.x


Author Dux, Paul E,
Coltheart, Veronika
Title The Meaning of the Mask Matters : Evidence of Conceptual Interference in the Attentional Blink
Journal name Psychological Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0956-7976
1467-9280
Publication date 2005-10-01
Year available 2005
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-9280.2005.01613.x
Open Access Status
Volume 16
Issue 10
Start page 775
End page 779
Total pages 5
Place of publication Malden, MA
Publisher Blackwell
Language eng
Subject 1701 Psychology
Abstract The rapid serial visual presentation (RSVP) experiment reported here investigated the role of conceptual interference in the attentional blink (AB). Subjects were presented with RSVP streams that contained five stimuli: Target 1, a distractor, Target 2, a second distractor, and a symbol mask. Target 1 was a green letter, Target 2 was a red letter, and the distractors were either white letters or white digits. The stimuli were presented in a font typically seen on the face of a digital watch. Thus, "S" and "O" were identical to "5" and "0," respectively. This allowed us to present streams that were conceptually different even though featurally identical: The two letter targets were followed by distractors that were recognized either as "5" and "0" or as "S" and "O." The AB was substantially attenuated when subjects were told the distractors were digits rather than letters. This result indicates that conceptual interference plays a role in the AB.
Keyword Serial Visual Presentation
Object Substitution
Target
Similarity
Competition
Tests
Model
Q-Index Code C1
Institutional Status Unknown
Additional Notes Journal of the Association for Psychological Science, prior to 2006 known as the American Psychological Society.

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