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ERIC Number: EJ933734
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 55
ISSN: ISSN-0096-1523
Distractor Devaluation Effect in the Attentional Blink: Direct Evidence for Distractor Inhibition
Kihara, Ken; Yagi, Yoshihiko; Takeda, Yuji; Kawahara, Jun I.
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, v37 n1 p168-179 Feb 2011
When two targets (T1 and T2) are embedded in rapid serial visual presentation (RSVP), T2 is often missed (attentional blink, AB) if T2 follows T1 by less than 500 ms. Some have proposed that inhibition of a distractor following T1 contributes to the AB, but no direct evidence supports this proposal. This study examined distractor inhibition by assessing a distractor devaluation effect where inhibited items were evaluated less positively than controls. Experiments 1 and 2 showed that a distractor presented just after T1 was evaluated less favorably when T2 was misidentified, independently of stimulus characteristics. Experiment 3 produced distractor devaluation in T2 incorrect trials when the evaluated distractor was the second item after T1. In contrast, a distractor presented before T1 was not devaluated (Experiment 4). Experiment 5 demonstrated that participants could not recognize presented distractors after an RSVP task, rejecting the possibility that memorized distractors were devalued. Results show a relationship between the devaluation of distractors following T1 and the AB, providing the first direct evidence of the distractor inhibition during the AB. (Contains 3 tables and 7 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Japan