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Publication Detail
Auditory attentional capture: effects of singleton distractor sounds
  • Publication Type:
    Journal article
  • Publication Sub Type:
    Article
  • Authors:
    Dalton P, Lavie N
  • Publication date:
    02/2004
  • Pagination:
    180, 193
  • Journal:
    Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance
  • Volume:
    30
  • Issue:
    1
  • Print ISSN:
    0096-1523
  • Notes:
    Imported via OAI, 7:29:01 27th Jun 2007
Abstract
The phenomenon of attentional capture by a unique yet irrelevant singleton distractor has typically been studied in visual search. In this article, the authors examine whether a similar phenomenon occurs in the auditory domain. Participants searched sequences of sounds for targets defined by frequency, intensity, or duration. The presence of a singleton distractor that was unique on an irrelevant dimension (e.g., a low-frequency singleton in search for a target of high intensity) was associated with search costs in both detection and discrimination tasks. However, if the singleton feature coincided with the target item, search was facilitated. These results establish the phenomenon of auditory attentional capture.
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