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Attending to music decreases inattentional blindness

Beanland, Vanessa; Allen, Rosemary; Pammer, Kristen


This article investigates how auditory attention affects inattentional blindness (IB), a failure of conscious awareness in which an observer does not notice an unexpected event because their attention is engaged elsewhere. Previous research using the attentional blink paradigm has indicated that listening to music can reduce failures of conscious awareness. It was proposed that listening to music would decrease IB by reducing observers' frequency of task-unrelated thoughts (TUTs). Observers...[Show more]

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Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
Source: Consciousness and Cognition
DOI: 10.1016/j.concog.2011.04.009


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