Rapid serial visual distraction: Task-irrelevant items can produce an attentional blink

Visser, Troy A. W., Bischof, Walter F. and Di Lollo, Vincent (2004) Rapid serial visual distraction: Task-irrelevant items can produce an attentional blink. Perception and Psychophysics, 66 8: 1418-1432. doi:10.3758/BF03195008


Author Visser, Troy A. W.
Bischof, Walter F.
Di Lollo, Vincent
Title Rapid serial visual distraction: Task-irrelevant items can produce an attentional blink
Journal name Perception and Psychophysics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0031-5117
Publication date 2004-11-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3758/BF03195008
Open Access Status
Volume 66
Issue 8
Start page 1418
End page 1432
Total pages 15
Place of publication Austin, Tex.
Publisher Psychonomic Society
Language eng
Subject 1701 Psychology
Abstract When two sequential targets (T1 and T2) are presented within about 600 msec, perception of the second target is impaired. This attentional blink (AB) has been studied by means of two paradigms: rapid serial visual presentation (RSVP), in which targets are embedded in a stream of central distractors, and the two-target paradigm, in which targets are presented eccentrically without distractors. We examined the role of distractors in the AB, using a modified two-target paradigm with a central stream of task-irrelevant distractors. In six experiments, the RSVP stream of distractors substantially impaired identification of both T1 and T2, but only when the distractors shared common characteristics with the targets. Without such commonalities, the distractors had no effect on performance. This points to the subjects' attentional control setting as an important factor in the AB deficit and suggests a conceptual link between the AB and a form of nonspatial contingent capture attributable to distractor processing
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