Blink and shrink: The effect of the attentional blink on spatial processing.

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The detection or discrimination of the second of 2 targets in a rapid serial visual presentation (RSVP) task is often temporarily impaired - a phenomenon termed the attentional blink. This study demonstrated that the attentional blink also affects localization performance. Spatial cues pointed out the possible target positions in a subsequent visual search display. When cues were presented inside an attentional blink (as induced by an RSVP task), the observers' capacity to use them was reduced. This effect was not due to attention being highly focused, to general task switching costs, or to complete unawareness of the cues. Instead, the blink induced a systematic localization bias toward the fovea, reflecting what appears to be spatial compression.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)613-631
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2004


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