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ERIC Number: EJ865278
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0096-1523
How Attentional Systems Process Conflicting Cues. The Superiority of Social over Symbolic Orienting Revisited
Nummenmaa, Lauri; Hietanen, Jari K.
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, v35 n6 p1738-1754 2009
We investigated orienting of attention by social and symbolic cues presented inside/outside the locus of attention. Participants responded to laterally presented targets preceded by simultaneously presented gaze and arrow cues. Participants' attention was allocated to either of the cues and the other cue served as a distractor. In Experiments 1-4 nonpredictive cues were employed. The validity of the attended cue and distractor were varied orthogonally. Valid cues and distractors produced additive facilitation to reaction times when compared to invalid cues and distractors. The effects of gaze and arrow distractors were similar. When the cue was 100% valid and the distractor 50% valid (Experiment 5), distractor validity had no effect on reaction times. When realistic gaze and arrow cues were employed (Experiment 6), arrow but not gaze distractors influenced the reaction times. The results suggest that social and symbolic directional information can be integrated for attention orienting. The processing of social and symbolic directional information can be modulated by top-down control, but the efficiency of the control depends on the visual saliency of the cues. (Contains 7 tables and 10 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Finland