Masking T1 difficulty: Processing time and the attentional blink

Visser, Troy A. W. (2007) Masking T1 difficulty: Processing time and the attentional blink. Journal of Experimental Psychology. Human Perception and Performance., 33 2: 285-297. doi:10.1037/0096-1523.33.2.285


Author Visser, Troy A. W.
Title Masking T1 difficulty: Processing time and the attentional blink
Journal name Journal of Experimental Psychology. Human Perception and Performance.   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0096-1523
Publication date 2007-04-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1037/0096-1523.33.2.285
Open Access Status
Volume 33
Issue 2
Start page 285
End page 297
Total pages 13
Place of publication Washington, D.C., U.S.
Publisher American Psychological Association
Language eng
Subject 1701 Psychology
Abstract When observers are presented with 2 targets in rapid succession, identification of the 1st is highly accurate, whereas identification of the 2nd is impaired at brief intertarget intervals (i.e., 200-500 ms). This 2nd-target deficit is known as the attentional blink (AB). According to bottleneck models, the AB arises because attending to the 1st target delays allocation of attention to the 2nd target. Thus, these models predict that increasing 1st-target processing time will increase the magnitude of the AB. Previous tests of this prediction have yielded mixed results. The present work suggests that one factor contributing to this uncertainty is masking of the 1st target: When this mask is omitted, processing time and AB magnitude are reliably related. These findings clarify the role of 1st-target masking in the AB and support the validity of the bottleneck account. PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2009 APA, all rights reserved.
Keyword Attention
Eyeblink Reflex
Reaction Time
Masking
Q-Index Code C1

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