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No Role for Activated Long-term Memory in Attentional Control Settings

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dc.contributor.advisor Al-Aidroos, Naseem Plater, Lindsay 2018-08-31T12:52:06Z 2018-08-31T12:52:06Z 2018-08 2018-08-27 2018-08-31
dc.description.abstract Attentional control settings (ACSs) allow us to constrain which objects in our complex visual environment capture attention. Recent research has shown that ACSs can be maintained by long-term memory (LTM); but what is special about LTM ACSs that they bias attentional capture, when other LTMs do not? Is it possible that they have been activated? To test this, we mixed spatial blink trials to test for the presence of an ACS, and working memory trials to test for representation in activated LTM (ALTM). We induced participants to adopt an LTM ACS for 30 (Experiment 1) or 15 (Experiment 2) complex visual objects, but this did not consistently result in representation in ALTM for those objects. We induced participants to represent objects in ALTM (Experiments 3 and 4), but this did not result in an ACS for those objects. We conclude that LTM ACSs are not accomplished through ALTM. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship This research was supported in part by an NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarship and a Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology to Lindsay Plater, and an NSERC Discovery Grant (418507-201) and a CFI Grant (30374) to Dr. Naseem Al-Aidroos. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject attentional control set en_US
dc.subject activated long-term memory en_US
dc.subject attentional capture en_US
dc.subject attention en_US
dc.subject attentional template en_US
dc.title No Role for Activated Long-term Memory in Attentional Control Settings en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Psychology en_US Master of Science en_US Department of Psychology en_US
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