The attentional blink: Past, present, and future of a blind spot in perceptual awareness

Sander Martens, Brad Wyble

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Abstract

A survey of the attention literature reveals the prominence of the attentional blink (AB)-a deficit in reporting the second of two targets when presented in close temporal succession. For two decades, this robust attentional phenomenon has been a major topic in attention research because it is informative about the rate at which stimuli can be encoded into consciously accessible representations. The pace of discovery and theoretical advancement concerning the AB has increased rapidly in the past few years with emphasis on new neurophysiological evidence and computational accounts of attentional processes. In this review we extract the central questions and the main lessons learnt from the past, and subsequently provide important directions for future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)947-957
Number of pages11
JournalNeuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
Volume34
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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