White bear everywhere: exploring the boundaries of the attentional white bear phenomenon.

@article{Lahav2012WhiteBE,
  title={White bear everywhere: exploring the boundaries of the attentional white bear phenomenon.},
  author={Aya Lahav and Tal Makovski and Yehoshua Tsal},
  journal={Attention, perception & psychophysics},
  year={2012},
  volume={74 4},
  pages={
          661-73
        }
}
Some failures of selective attention may be explained by the attentional white bear (AWB) phenomenon Tsal & Makovski (Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance 32:351-363, 2006), which indicates that prior knowledge of a distractor location causes attention to be actively allocated to it. The AWB effect is demonstrated in a task that includes infrequent trials that involve two simultaneous dots embedded among flanker trials. The dot positioned at an expected… CONTINUE READING
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