2006 Student Research Conference:
19th Annual Student Research Conference

Social Science

Attentional blink 3 and 4
Emily R. Holekamp*, Mallory C. Stites, and Cynthia L. Wooldridge
Dr. Robert Tigner, Faculty Mentor

The present study examines the Attentional Blink (AB) phenomenon. The AB refers to a deficit in identifying the second of two targets when presented among distracters at a very rapid rate (usually 10 items per second). Most prior studies have found the AB to be maximal when the second target appears 200-400msec after the first. Our research identifies exceptions to this pattern. The present study is an extension of previous research in which we attempted to overload participants’ attentional ability. Participants viewed streams of letters presented at a rate of 10/sec. Participants were asked to identify the target letters and report whether or not an X appeared in each trial. Two studies will be presented, one in which the number of trials varied within blocks and one between blocks. Implications of these results for current AB theories will be discussed.



Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 55-3
Location: VH 1010
Time: 3:15

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