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Individual differences in dispositional focus of attention predict attentional blink magnitude.
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PMID:  20348566     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
When identifying two targets presented in a rapid serial visual presentation stream, one's accuracy on the second target is reduced if it is presented shortly (within 500 msec) after the first target-an attentional blink (AB). Individuals differ greatly in the size of their AB. One way to learn about the AB is to understand what underlies these individual differences. Recent studies have suggested that when a broadened or diffused attentional state is induced, the AB deficit can be attenuated. The present study examined whether natural (dispositional) individual differences in focus and diffusion of attention as assessed by the global/local task could predict performance on the AB task. Performance that was consistent with diffusion correlated negatively with AB size, and performance that was consistent with focusing correlated positively with AB size, showing that dispositional focus and diffusion of attention can predict individual differences in the AB. These findings are consistent with the Olivers and Nieuwenhuis (2006) overinvestment hypothesis.
Gillian Dale; Karen M Arnell
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Attention, perception & psychophysics     Volume:  72     ISSN:  1943-393X     ISO Abbreviation:  Atten Percept Psychophys     Publication Date:  2010 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-03-29     Completed Date:  2010-08-09     Revised Date:  2011-02-24    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101495384     Medline TA:  Atten Percept Psychophys     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  602-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Attentional Blink / physiology*
Predictive Value of Tests
Visual Perception
Young Adult

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