Effects of perceptual load on startle reflex modification at a long lead interval.

@article{Thorne2006EffectsOP,
  title={Effects of perceptual load on startle reflex modification at a long lead interval.},
  author={Gary L Thorne and Michael E. Dawson and Anne M. Schell},
  journal={Psychophysiology},
  year={2006},
  volume={43 5},
  pages={498-503}
}
Inhibition of the startle eyeblink response at long lead intervals has been hypothesized to occur when attention is directed away from the modality of the startle stimulus, particularly if attention is directed to a stimulus of high perceptual load. In a test of this hypothesis, participants performed a delayed-matching-to-sample task. On each trial a pattern of dots (the sample) was followed by a second pattern of dots (the target). The task was to say whether the sample and target patterns… CONTINUE READING