The Beneficial Effect of Concurrent Task-Irrelevant Mental Activity on Temporal Attention

  title={The Beneficial Effect of Concurrent Task-Irrelevant Mental Activity on Temporal Attention},
  author={C. Olivers and S. Nieuwenhuis},
  journal={Psychological Science},
  pages={265 - 269}
  • C. Olivers, S. Nieuwenhuis
  • Published 2005
  • Medicine, Psychology
  • Psychological Science
  • It is believed that the human cognitive system is fundamentally limited in deploying attention over time. This limitation is reflected in the attentional blink, the impaired ability to identify the second of two visual targets presented in close succession. We report the paradoxical finding that the attentional blink is significantly ameliorated when observers are concurrently engaged in distracting mental activity, such as free-associating on a task-irrelevant theme or listening to music. This… CONTINUE READING

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