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Inattentional blindness as a function of proximity to the focus of attention.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10341933     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The effect of the distance between the center of the focus of attention and an unexpected stimulus on detection was examined in two experiments with the use of the inattentional-blindness paradigm [Mack and Rock, 1998 Inattentional Blindness (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press)]. In experiment 1, the closer a stimulus was to the center of attention, the more likely it was to be detected. Experiment 2 replicated this finding and controlled for retinal eccentricity. These results suggest that low-level stimulus characteristics (e.g. location) may play an important role in the detection of unexpected stimuli. The data are consistent with previous research on the spatial aspects of attention demonstrating that the distance to the focus of attention is a critical variable. This study demonstrates that the effect of distance is similar under conditions of inattention. Theories put forward to explain inattentional blindness should include 'early' attentional factors, as well as factors resulting from later stages of processing.
E A Newby; I Rock
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Perception     Volume:  27     ISSN:  0301-0066     ISO Abbreviation:  Perception     Publication Date:  1998  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-06-10     Completed Date:  1999-06-10     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372307     Medline TA:  Perception     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1025-40     Citation Subset:  IM; S    
Department of Psychology, University of California at Berkeley 94720-1650, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Computer Graphics
Middle Aged
Photic Stimulation
Psychological Tests
Visual Perception / physiology*
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