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The involuntary capture of attention by novel sounds: is it really about novelty?
University of Balearic Islands.
School of Psychology, University of Plymouth.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Human Work Science.
2009 (English)In: APCAM 2009: 8th Annual Auditory Perception, Cognition, and Action Meeting Thursday November 19 Boston Sheraton Hotel Boston, MA, USA, 2009Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Unexpected events often distract us. In the laboratory, novel auditory stimuli have been shown to capture attention away from a focal visual task and yield specific electrophysiological responses as well as a behavioral cost to performance. This phenomenon is thought to follow ineluctably from the sound's low probability of occurrence or, put more simply, its unexpected occurrence. Our study challenges this view and argues that past research failed to identify the informational value of sound as a mediator of novelty distraction. We report an experiment showing that (1) novelty distraction is only observed when the sound announces the occurrence and timing of an upcoming visual target (as is the case in all past research); (2) that no such distraction is observed for deviant sounds conveying no such information; and that (3) deviant sounds can actually facilitate performance when these, but not the standards, convey information. We conclude that novelty distraction is observed in the presence of novel sounds but only when the cognitive system can take advantage of the auditory distracters to optimize performance.

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2009.
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Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Research subject
Engineering Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-27997Local ID: 1a27c540-cdf1-11de-b769-000ea68e967bOAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-27997DiVA, id: diva2:1001189
Conference
Auditory Perception, Cognition, and Action Meeting : 18/11/2009 - 18/11/2009
Note

Godkänd; 2009; 20091110 (jeskor)

Available from: 2016-09-30 Created: 2016-09-30 Last updated: 2018-03-07Bibliographically approved

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