Transfer of information into working memory during attentional capture

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Abstract

Previous research has shown that task-irrelevant onsets can capture spatial attention even when attending to the onset is inconsistent with our intentions. The present study investigated whether information acquired during attentional capture is transferred into working memory. To measure whether this is the case, 25% of visual search trials were followed by a distractor recognition task. The results showed that the onset letter was recognized more often than a nononset letter. In addition, the magnitude of attentional capture was positively correlated with the onset letter recognition advantage. The results suggest that attentional capture results in transfer of information into working memory.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)409-418
JournalVisual Cognition
Volume16
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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