Individual Differences in Recovery Time From Attentional Capture (Study, in PsyScience)

“Differences in working memory (WM) capacity have been attributed to a person’s ability to control their attention, and low WM capacity individuals are thought to be more prone to have their attention captured by distractors. To test an alternative theory–that high-capacity individuals simply recover more quickly from distraction–two experiments using psychophysical and electrophysiological methods were carried out to test the susceptibility and recovery times of participants to attention capture. Evidence was found that high- and low-capacity individuals had their attention captured equally by a distractor, but high-capacity individuals returned their attention to the target more quickly than did low-capacity individuals.”

(Keisuke Fukuda and Edward K. Vogel)

March 24, 2011

For Immediate Release
Contact: Tiffany Harrington
Association for Psychological Science

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