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ERIC Number: EJ871761
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0278-2626
Visual Field Asymmetry in Attentional Capture
Du, Feng; Abrams, Richard A.
Brain and Cognition, v72 n2 p310-316 Mar 2010
The present study examined the spatial distribution of involuntary attentional capture over the two visual hemi-fields. A new experiment, and an analysis of three previous experiments showed that distractors in the left visual field that matched a sought-for target in color produced a much larger capture effect than identical distractors in the right visual field, revealing a visual field asymmetry in color-based contingent capture. On the other hand, abrupt onsets in the two hemi-fields did not differ in the magnitude of their capture effect, indicating a symmetric distribution of onset capture. The different spatial patterns for contingent capture and onset capture reveal differences between the two types of attentional capture, possibly indicating differences in the underlying brain mechanisms. (Contains 6 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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