The influence of temporal selection on spatial selection and distractor interference: an attentional blink study.

Yuhong Jiang, Marvin M. Chun

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Abstract

Both spatial and temporal selection require focused attention. The authors examine how temporal attention affects spatial selection. In a dual-task rapid serial visual presentation paradigm, temporal selection of a target (T1) impairs processing of a second target (T2) that follows T1 within 500 ms. This process is the attentional blink (AB). To test the effects of withdrawing temporal attention, the authors measured concurrent distractor interference on T2 when the distractors were presented during and outside of the AB. Perceptual interference was manipulated by the similarity in color between T2 and concurrent distractors, and response interference was manipulated by the flanker congruency task. Results showed that perceptual interference was larger during the AB. Response interference also increased during the AB, but only when perceptual interference was high. The authors conclude that temporal selection and spatial selection rely on a common attentional process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)664-679
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance
Volume27
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2001

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