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The Limits of AttentionTemporal Constraints in Human Information Processing$
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Kimron Shapiro

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780198505150

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198505150.001.0001

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The attentional blink bottleneck

The attentional blink bottleneck

(p.82) 5 The attentional blink bottleneck
The Limits of Attention

Pierre Jolicœur

Roberto DellʼAcqua

Jacquelyn M. Crebolder

Oxford University Press

The attentional blink (AB) phenomenon can be succinctly defined as an increase in the difficulty of reporting a second (masked) target that follows (after a short delay) a first target that required immediate processing. This chapter reviews evidence supporting the view that the AB phenomenon results from a bottleneck in the information-processing stream required to perform tasks designed to reveal the AB phenomenon. The chapter is organized into six sections. The first four describe a major prediction of bottleneck models of dual-task interference, followed by relevant evidence from AB and related paradigms. The fifth section reviews evidence pertinent to the issue of the locus of the bottleneck in the AB phenomenon. The last section presents some conclusions.

Keywords:   attentional blink, information processing, bottleneck models, dual-task interference, carry-over prediction, probability conditions

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