The cost of expecting events in the wrong sensory modality.

@article{Spence2001TheCO,
  title={The cost of expecting events in the wrong sensory modality.},
  author={Charles Spence and Mike E.R. Nicholls and Jon Driver},
  journal={Perception & psychophysics},
  year={2001},
  volume={63 2},
  pages={330-6}
}
We examined the effects of modality expectancy on human performance. Participants judged azimuth (left vs. right location) for an unpredictable sequence of auditory, visual, and tactile targets. In some blocks, equal numbers of targets were presented in each modality. In others, the majority (75%) of the targets were presented in just one expected modality. Reaction times (RTs) for targets in an unexpected modality were slower than when that modality was expected or when no expectancy applied… CONTINUE READING
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