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    The absence of a visual stimulus can trigger task-set-independent attentional capture

    Kiss, Monika and Eimer, Martin (2011) The absence of a visual stimulus can trigger task-set-independent attentional capture. Psychophysiology 48 (10), pp. 1426-1433. ISSN 0048-5772.

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    We investigated whether the absence of one item in a regularly spaced visual array (gap cue) captures attention in a task-set-independent fashion. Participants searched for a large target among medium-size distractors (size task) or a red target among gray distractors (color task). Target arrays were preceded by uninformative cue arrays that contained a color singleton or a gap cue. The N2pc component was measured as an index of attentional capture. Color singleton cues captured attention only in the color task, but gap cues captured attention in both tasks. For cue arrays containing a color singleton and a gap cue on opposite sides, an N2pc was triggered by the color singleton in the color task. The absence of an item in a regular array triggered task-set-independent attentional capture when it was the only unique display feature, but not when a competing set-matching singleton was simultaneously present.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Spatial attention, top-down control, event-related potentials, N2pc
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 23 May 2011 09:29
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 16:54


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