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When you fail to see what you were told to look for: Inattentional blindness and task instructions

Aimola Davies, Anne; Waterman, Stephen; White, Rebekah; Davies, Martin


Inattentional blindness studies have shown that an unexpected object may go unnoticed if it does not share the property specified in the task instructions. Our aim was to demonstrate that observers develop an attentional set for a property not specified in the task instructions if it allows easier performance of the primary task. Three experiments were conducted using a dynamic selective-looking paradigm. Stimuli comprised four black squares and four white diamonds, so that shape and colour...[Show more]

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Date published: 2013
Type: Journal article
Source: Consciousness and Cognition
DOI: 10.1016/j.concog.2012.11.015


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