The effects of an unexpected spider stimulus on skin conductance responses and eye movements: an inattentional blindness study

@article{Wiemer2013TheEO,
  title={The effects of an unexpected spider stimulus on skin conductance responses and eye movements: an inattentional blindness study},
  author={Julian Wiemer and A. B. Gerdes and P. Pauli},
  journal={Psychological Research},
  year={2013},
  volume={77},
  pages={155-166}
}
Are spiders evolutionarily relevant threat cues that capture attention automatically and preattentively—also in non-fearful persons? Previous studies concerning this question did not examine responses to unexpected spider stimuli, although this is an ecologically valid situation. Therefore, we conducted an inattentional blindness (IB) experiment. While unselected participants (N = 120) were focusing their attention on a visual discrimination task, suddenly a spider or a flower image appeared… Expand
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