publication . Article . 2007

Blinded by emotion: target misses follow attention capture by arousing distractors in RSVP.

Karen M. Arnell; Kassandra V. Killman; David Fijavz;
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  • Published: 07 Aug 2007 Journal: Emotion, volume 7, pages 465-477 (issn: 1528-3542, eissn: 1931-1516, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: American Psychological Association (APA)
Abstract
Participants are usually able to search rapid serial visual presentation (RSVP) streams and report a single target, given that RSVP distractors do not typically deplete attention required for target identification. Here, participants performed single target search, but the target was preceded by a to-be-ignored distractor varying in valence and arousal. When the critical distractor was a sexual word, lower target accuracy was observed, particularly at short distractor-target stimulus onset asynchronies, even when participants were shown the critical distractors beforehand and told to ignore them. No reduction in target accuracy was evidenced when the critical di...
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Medical Subject Headings: genetic structurespsychological phenomena and processesbehavioral disciplines and activities
free text keywords: Arousal, Perception, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Cognition, Attentional blink, Stimulus (physiology), Rapid serial visual presentation, Cognitive psychology, Memoria, Social psychology, Psychology, Distraction
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