Paying attention to meaning

Barnard, P. J.; Scott, S.; Taylor, J.; May, J. and Knightley, W. (2004). Paying attention to meaning. Psychological Science, 15(3) pp. 179–186.



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

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