Task-Set Reconfiguration Suspends Perceptual Processing: Evidence From Semantic Priming During the Attentional Blink

F. Vachon, S. Tremblay, Dylan Jones

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When two visual targets, Target 1 (T1) and Target 2 (T2), are presented among a rapid sequence of distractors, processing of T1 produces an attentional blink. Typically, processing of T2 is markedly impaired, except when T1 and T2 are adjacent (Lag 1 sparing). However, if a shift of task set-a change in task requirements from T1 to T2-occurs, this sparing is reduced substantially. With a semantic priming technique, in which T1 could be either related or unrelated to T2, the priming of T2 by T1 diminished markedly at Lag 1, when the transition between T1 and T2 involved a switch in either location (Experiments 1 and 2) or task (Experiment 3), but remained unaffected at other lags. These results suggest that perceptual processing of T2 cannot be carried out in parallel with task-set reconfiguration.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)330-347
JournalJournal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2007


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