Broken expectations: violation of expectancies, not novelty, captures auditory attention.

@article{Vachon2012BrokenEV,
  title={Broken expectations: violation of expectancies, not novelty, captures auditory attention.},
  author={François Vachon and Robert W. Hughes and Dylan M. Jones},
  journal={Journal of experimental psychology. Learning, memory, and cognition},
  year={2012},
  volume={38 1},
  pages={
          164-77
        }
}
The role of memory in behavioral distraction by auditory attentional capture was investigated: We examined whether capture is a product of the novelty of the capturing event (i.e., the absence of a recent memory for the event) or its violation of learned expectancies on the basis of a memory for an event structure. Attentional capture-indicated by disruption of a focal visually presented serial recall task-was found when the voice conveying a concurrent irrelevant auditory sequence changed… CONTINUE READING
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