Signal salience and the mindlessness theory of vigilance.

  title={Signal salience and the mindlessness theory of vigilance.},
  author={William S. Helton and Joel S. Warm},
  journal={Acta psychologica},
  volume={129 1},
The present study was designed to explore whether sustained attention tasks can be adequately described by a mindlessness perspective or a limited resource perspective. One hundred and seventy six participants (88 women and 88 men) were assigned at random to one of two signal salience conditions: high and low. Performance and self-reported states, Energetic Arousal, Tense Arousal, Task-Related-Thoughts, and Task-Unrelated-Thoughts, were collected. Overall performance efficiency and the rate of… CONTINUE READING
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