The influence of cueing on attentional focus in perceptual decision making

Cheng-Ta Yang, Daniel R. Little, Ching Chun Hsu

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Abstract

Selective attention has been known to play an important role in decision making. In the present study, we combined a cueing paradigm with a redundant-target detection task to examine how attention affects the decision process when detecting the redundant targets. Cue validity was manipulated in two experiments. The results showed that when the cue was 50 % valid in one experiment, the participants adopted a parallel self-terminating processing strategy, indicative of a diffuse attentional focus on both target locations. When the cue was 100 % valid in the second experiment, all of the participants switched to a serial self-terminating processing strategy, which in our study indicated focused attention to a single target location. This study demonstrates the flexibility of the decision mechanism and highlights the importance of top-down control in selecting a decision strategy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2256-2275
Number of pages20
JournalAttention, Perception, and Psychophysics
Volume76
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jan 1

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  • Language and Linguistics
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Sensory Systems

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Yang, Cheng-Ta ; Little, Daniel R. ; Hsu, Ching Chun. / The influence of cueing on attentional focus in perceptual decision making. In: Attention, Perception, and Psychophysics. 2014 ; Vol. 76, No. 8. pp. 2256-2275.
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