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    Interplay between supramodal attentional control and capacity limits in the low-level visual processors modulate the tendency to inattention

    Papera, Massimiliano and Richards, Anne (2017) Interplay between supramodal attentional control and capacity limits in the low-level visual processors modulate the tendency to inattention. Consciousness and Cognition 54 , pp. 72-88. ISSN 1053-8100.

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    Abstract

    When engaged in a demanding task, individuals may neglect unexpected visual stimuli presented concomitantly. Here we use a change detection task to show that propensity to inattention is associated with a flexible allocation of attentional resources to filter and represent visual information. This was reflected by N2 posterior contralateral (N2pc) and contralateral delay activity (CDA) respectively, but also during high-order reorienting of attentional resources (known as anterior directing attention negativity, ADAN). Results show that differences in noticing and failing to notice unexpected stimuli/changes are associated with different patterns of brain activity. When processing (N2) and working memory (CDA) capacities are low, resources are mostly allocated to small set-sizes and associated with a tendency to filter information during early low-level processing (N2). When resources are high, saturation is obtained with larger set-sizes. This is also associated to a tendency to select (N2) and reorient resources (ADAN) to maintain extra information (CDA).

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Flexible Attentional Deployment, Inattentional Blindness, Change Detection, Capacity Limits, Prefrontal control
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Science > Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Massimiliano Papera
    Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2017 14:07
    Last Modified: 10 Feb 2018 01:10
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/17950

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