Visual Selective Attention

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1. How did LaBerge's (1983) study show that the attentional 'spotlight' does appear to zoom in and out?

  • Accuracy was better in the focused condition
  • Reaction times were quicker in the unfocused condition
  • Accuracy was better in the unfocused condition
  • Reaction times were quicker in the focused condition
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2. What does an invalid cue do in the cueing paradigm (Posner, 1980)?

  • Indicates the speed that the target will appear
  • Indicates the location a target will appear in
  • Indicates a location where the target will not appear
  • Indicates the physical characteristics of the target

3. What were participants asked to categorise in LaBerge's (1983) focused condition?

  • Last letter of the word
  • The whole word
  • Middle letter of the word
  • First letter of the word

4. What were participants asked to categorise in LaBerge's (1983) unfocused condition?

  • Last letter of the word
  • Middle letter of the word
  • The whole word
  • First letter of the word

5. The slowing of responses on invalid trials in the cueing paradigm (Posner, 1980) was attributed to a three-part process.

  • Engaging attention, moving attention to the incorrect location, disengaging attention at the incorrect location
  • Engaging attention, moving attention to the true location, disengaging attention at the old location
  • Disengaging attention, moving attention to the true location, engaging attention at the new location
  • Disengaging attention, engaging attention at the new location, moving attention to the true location

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