ERIC Number: EJ689069
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Oct
Repetition Blindness: Out of Sight or Out of Mind?
Morris, Alison L.; Harris, Catherine L.
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, v30 n5 p913-922 Oct 2004
Does repetition blindness represent a failure of perception or of memory? In Experiment 1, participants viewed rapid serial visual presentation (RSVP) sentences. When critical words (C1 and C2) were orthographically similar, C2 was frequently omitted from serial report; however, repetition priming for C2 on a postsentence lexical decision task was equivalent whether or not C1 was similar to C2. In Experiment 2, participants monitored RSVP sentences for a predetermined target. Participants frequently failed to detect the target when it was preceded by an orthographically similar word. In Experiment 3, the authors investigated the role of the attentional blink in this effect. These experiments suggest that repetition blindness is a failure of conscious perception, consistent with predictions of the token-individuation hypothesis.
Descriptors: Vision, Blindness, Sentences, Vocabulary, Psychological Studies, Memory, Visual Perception, Attention, Cognitive Processes
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