Brain mechanisms mediating auditory attentional capture in humans.

  title={Brain mechanisms mediating auditory attentional capture in humans.},
  author={S. Watkins and Polly Dalton and Nilli Lavie and Geraint Rees},
  journal={Cerebral cortex},
  volume={17 7},
The ability to detect and preferentially process salient auditory stimuli, even when irrelevant to a current task, is often critical for adaptive behavior. This stimulus-driven allocation of processing resources is known as "attentional capture." Here we used functional magnetic resonance imaging in humans to investigate brain activity and behavioral effects related to such auditory attentional capture. Participants searched a sequence of tones for a target tone that was shorter or longer than… CONTINUE READING