Attentional blink for acronyms: Effects of familiarity and pre-exposure

Karnadewi, F and Burt, JS (2010) Attentional blink for acronyms: Effects of familiarity and pre-exposure. Australian Journal of Psychology, 62 3: 130-138. doi:10.1080/00049530903089521

Author Karnadewi, F
Burt, JS
Title Attentional blink for acronyms: Effects of familiarity and pre-exposure
Journal name Australian Journal of Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0004-9530
Publication date 2010-09-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/00049530903089521
Volume 62
Issue 3
Start page 130
End page 138
Total pages 9
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher John Wiley and Sons
Language eng
Abstract Seventy-two university students participated in one of two experiments in the rapid serial visual presentation (RSVP) task. Distractors were four-letter non-words, the first target (T1) was a four-letter word, and the second target (T2) was a two-four-letter acronym that followed T1 at lags of 2, 3 and 5 items (Experiment 1) or lags of 3 and 5 items (Experiment 2). Familiar acronyms were identified better than unfamiliar acronyms. One pre-exposure of acronyms in a rating task improved RSVP accuracy for familiar acronyms only (Experiments 1 and 2), whereas three pre-exposures produced a benefit for unfamiliar acronyms and no significant additional benefit for familiar acronyms (Experiment 2). Thus a pre-existing unitised memory representation, and a relatively recent access of this representation, enhanced target identification. The effects of pre-exposure were more consistent with resource depletion than attentional filtering accounts of the attentional blink. © The Australian Psychological Society Ltd.
Keyword Acronyms
Attentional blink
Word frequency
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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