Out of sight, out of mind: The attentional blink can eliminate synaesthetic colours

Rich, Anina N. and Mattingley, Jason B. (2010) Out of sight, out of mind: The attentional blink can eliminate synaesthetic colours. Cognition, 114 3: 320-328. doi:10.1016/j.cognition.2009.10.003

Author Rich, Anina N.
Mattingley, Jason B.
Title Out of sight, out of mind: The attentional blink can eliminate synaesthetic colours
Journal name Cognition   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0010-0277
Publication date 2010-03-01
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.cognition.2009.10.003
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 114
Issue 3
Start page 320
End page 328
Total pages 9
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier BV
Language eng
Subject 2805 Cognitive Neuroscience
3205 Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
3310 Linguistics and Language
Abstract Mechanisms of selective attention exert a powerful influence on visual perception. We examined whether attentional selection is necessary for generation of the vivid colours experienced by individuals with grapheme-colour synaesthesia. Twelve synaesthetes and matched controls viewed rapid serial displays of nonsense characters within which were embedded an oriented grating (T1) and a letter-prime (T2), forming a modified attentional blink (AB) task. At the end of the stream a coloured probe appeared that was either congruent or incongruent with the synaesthetic colour elicited by the letter-prime. When the prime was attended, synaesthetes showed a reliable effect of prime-probe congruency. In contrast, when the prime appeared at 350 ms following T1 (during the AB), the congruency effect was eliminated. Our findings suggest that focused attention is crucial for inducing letters to elicit colours in synaesthesia. © 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Keyword Synaesthesia
Attentional blink
Synaesthetic congruency
Visual attention
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Available online 3 November 2009

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