Task-irrelevant visual motion and flicker attenuate the attentional blink.

Our reduced ability to correctly report two sequentially presented targets is seen in the robust effect known as the attentional blink (AB; Raymond, Shapiro, and Arnell, 1992). One recent report (Olivers and Nieuwenhuis, 2005) strikingly reveals the AB to be virtually abolished when non-task-demanding music occurs in the background. The authors suggest that… CONTINUE READING