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ERIC Number: EJ788631
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Pages: 9
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0010-0277
Your Divided Attention, Please! The Maintenance of Multiple Attentional Control Sets over Distinct Regions in Space
Adamo, Maha; Pun, Carson; Pratt, Jay; Ferber, Susanne
Cognition, v107 n1 p295-303 Apr 2008
When non-informative peripheral cues precede a target defined by a specific feature, cues that share the critical feature will capture attention while cues that do not will be effectively ignored. We tested whether different attentional control sets can be simultaneously maintained over distinct regions of space. Participants were instructed to respond only to specific colored targets at specific locations. Most trials included non-predictive cues whose location and/or color were either congruent or incongruent with the spatial and/or color properties of the impending target. We observed contingent capture only for cues that were consistent with the attentional control set applied to that region of space. This is the first demonstration that separate attentional control sets can be simultaneously maintained at distinct spatial locations, with implications for the flexibility of endogenous control over automatic attentional orienting.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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