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Paying Attention to Meaning
BARNARD, P., SCOTT, S., TAYLOR, J., May, J. & KNIGHTLEY, W.
Psychological Science, 15(3), 179-186
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Several paradigms show that responses to one event compromise responses to a second event for around 500ms. Such effects are generally attributed to attentional capacity limitations associated with processing information in the first event. In a task where targets could be distinguished only by their meaning, we varied the semantic relationship between distractors and targets following at different lags. Semantic relatedness alone is shown to produce a classic "attentional blink." We conclude by discussing how attention theory might best accommodate these effects.