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Title: How robust and rapid can the memory-driven attentional capture be?
Authors: Huang Y.
Zuo K.
Asthana, Manish Kumar
Comfort W.E.
Xu Z.
Published in: Current Psychology
Abstract: Previous research has indicated that visual attention can be automatically captured by sensory inputs that match the contents of visual working memory. Furthermore, the information in visual working memory can be used as a template of memory guidance for either the selection or rejection of visual attention. The current study investigated the memory-driven attentional processes in four experiments which extend and complement previous research. Participants performed a visual search task while maintaining items in visual working memory. Experiment 1 used an arrow as a pre-cue indicating which side of the screen the search target would appear on. Experiment 2 used two circles as pre-cues for the right-up/down location of the search target. Experiment 3 presented a memory-matching distractor for 300 ms followed by a blank screen. Experiment 4 presented a memory-matching distractor for 150 ms followed by the visual search task. All experiments resulted in significantly slower visual search reaction times (RTs) for the invalid condition (memory-matching distractor) compared to the neutral condition but with no significant differences in memory performance. This result suggests that the contents of working memory affect the deployment of attention in visual search. Our findings show that attentional capture occurs even within short periods of 150 ms, which demonstrates the robustness and speed of memory-driven attentional processes. Consequently, attentional capture appears to be initiated at an early phase of visual processing but can be strategically inhibited through cognitive control at later stages of analysis. © 2019, Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature.
Citation: Current Psychology (2019), 38(5): 1190-1203
URI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s12144-019-00332-8
http://repository.iitr.ac.in/handle/123456789/8799
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: Springer New York LLC
Keywords: Attentional capture
Attentional selection
Visual search
Visual working memory
ISSN: 10461310
Author Scopus IDs: 57209822686
57209835962
55877434600
56711761300
56173547200
Author Affiliations: Huang, Y., Faculty of Psychology, Southwest University, No. 2, Tiansheng Road, Beibei, Chongqing, 400715, China, Key Laboratory of Cognition and Personality (SWU), Ministry of Education, Chongqing, China
Zuo, K., Chongqing Research Academy of Education Sciences, Chongqing, China
Asthana, M.K., Faculty of Psychology, Southwest University, No. 2, Tiansheng Road, Beibei, Chongqing, 400715, China, Key Laboratory of Cognition and Personality (SWU), Ministry of Education, Chongqing, China
Comfort, W.E., Social and Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory, Mackenzie Presbyterian University, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Xu, Z., Faculty of Psychology, Southwest University, No. 2, Tiansheng Road, Beibei, Chongqing, 400715, China, Key Laboratory of Cognition and Personality (SWU), Ministry of Education, Chongqing, China
Funding Details: This study was funded in the Project of Humanities and Social Sciences, Ministry of Education, China (15YJA190008) and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (SWU1709239).
Corresponding Author: Xu, Z.; Faculty of Psychology, Southwest University, No. 2, Tiansheng Road, Beibei, China; email: xuzhan@swu.edu.cn
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