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ERIC Number: EJ916443
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0278-2626
The Visual Hemifield Asymmetry in the Spatial Blink during Singleton Search and Feature Search
Burnham, Bryan R.; Rozell, Cassandra A.; Kasper, Alex; Bianco, Nicole E.; Delliturri, Antony
Brain and Cognition, v75 n3 p261-272 Apr 2011
The present study examined a visual field asymmetry in the contingent capture of attention that was previously observed by Du and Abrams (2010). In our first experiment, color singleton distractors that matched the color of a to-be-detected target produced a stronger capture of attention when they appeared in the left visual hemifield than in the right visual hemifield. This replicated Du and Abrams and also revealed a difference between hemifields in the time course of this effect. Our second experiment suggested that this asymmetry is moderated by the tuning of attentional control settings: when the target was easier to detect the asymmetry was attenuated. Our third experiment showed that this asymmetry is also present during singleton detection: a color singleton distractor produced a larger capture effect in the left hemifield than in the right hemifield. Finally, our fourth experiment suggested that this asymmetry is moderated by the salience of the attention-capturing distractor: when the distractor was not salient, the asymmetry was attenuated. These results suggest that there are boundary conditions in the observed hemifield asymmetry in the contingent capture of attention and several underlying brain systems might be involved. (Contains 1 table and 5 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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