Beyond unusual? Examining the role of attention in the weapon focus effect

  title={Beyond unusual? Examining the role of attention in the weapon focus effect},
  author={Lorraine Hope and Daniel B. Wright},
  journal={Applied Cognitive Psychology},
The current study examined whether the weapon focus effect could be accounted for in terms of stimulus novelty. Participants viewed a slideshow of a simulated event while attending to a secondary task. In the critical slide, the target was shown holding a threatening object (weapon condition), a novel object (unusual condition) or a neutral object (control condition). Reaction times on the secondary task were impaired in the weapon and unusual conditions. Participants in the weapon condition… Expand

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