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Don't get misdirected! Differences in overt and covert attentional inhibition between children and adults.

Kuhn, Gustav and Teszka, Robert. 2017. Don't get misdirected! Differences in overt and covert attentional inhibition between children and adults. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, pp. 1-9. ISSN 1747-0218 [Article]

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Abstract or Description

Previous research has revealed marked improvements in cognitive control between the age of 10 years and adulthood. The aim of the current study was to explore differences in attentional control between adults and children within a natural context, namely whilst they were watching a magic trick. We measured participants’ eye movements whilst they watched a misdirection trick in which attentional misdirection was used to prevent observers from noticing a salient visual event. Half of our participants failed to detect this event even though it took place in full view. Children below the age of 10 were significantly less likely to notice the event than the adults, and were also more reliably overtly misdirected (i.e. where they looked). Our results illustrate that within a more naturalistic context children are significantly more distracted than adults, and this distraction can have major implications on their visual awareness.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1080/17470218.2016.1277770

Additional Information:

'This article may not exactly replicate the final version published in the APA journal. It is not the copy of record.'

Keywords:

Attentional control, Covert attention, Development, Inhibition, Misdirection, Overt attention

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Psychology

Dates:

DateEvent
7 December 2016Accepted
25 January 2017Published Online

Item ID:

19604

Date Deposited:

13 Jan 2017 16:05

Last Modified:

19 Jan 2018 12:55

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/19604

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