The role of working memory in attentional capture.

  title={The role of working memory in attentional capture.},
  author={Nilli Lavie and Jan de Fockert},
  journal={Psychonomic bulletin & review},
  volume={12 4},
Much previous research has demonstrated that visual search is typically disrupted by the presence of a unique "singleton" distractor in the search display. Here we show that attentional capture by an irrelevant color singleton during shape search critically depends on availability of working memory to the search task: When working memory is loaded in a concurrent yet unrelated verbal short-term memory task, capture increases. These findings converge with previous demonstrations that increasing… CONTINUE READING

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