Attentional capture modulates perceptual sensitivity

Jan Theeuwes, Arthur F. Kramer, Alan Kingstone

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The present study was designed to determine the spatial distribution of attention in displays in which an irrelevant color singleton was present. The results show that the presence of an irrelevant color singleton modulates target detectability (d'). The presence of an irrelevant singleton reduces the gain for input at the target location, particularly when the irrelevant color singleton was close to the target singleton. In line with earlier claims, it is argued that the capture of attention by the irrelevant singleton causes a reduced sensory input at the target location.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)551-554
Number of pages4
JournalPsychonomic Bulletin and Review
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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