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Paying attention to meaning

By P.J. Barnard, S. Scott, J. Taylor, J. May and W. Knightley


Several paradigms show that responses to one event\ud compromise responses to a second event for around 500 ms.\ud Such effects are generally attributed to attentional capacity\ud limitations associated with processing information in the first\ud event. In a task in which targets could be distinguished only by\ud their meaning, we varied the semantic relationship between\ud distractors and targets following at different lags. Semantic\ud relatedness alone produced a classic attentional blink. We conclude\ud by discussing how attention theory might best accommodate\ud these new effects

Year: 2004
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