Attentional capture within and between objects.

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The present study addressed the question whether attentional capture by abrupt onsets is affected by object-like properties of the stimulus field. Observers searched for a target circle at one of four ends of two solid rectangles. In the focused attention condition the location of the upcoming target was cued by means of a central arrowhead, whereas in the divided attention condition, the target location was not cued. Irrelevant abrupt onsets could appear either within the attended or within the non-attended object. The results showed that in the focused attention condition, onsets ceased to capture attention irrespective of whether the onset appeared within an attended object or within a non-attended object. © 2003 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)133-145
Number of pages13
JournalActa Psychologica
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2003


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