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Rhythm implicitly affects temporal orienting of attention across modalities

Bolger, Deirdre
Schön, Daniele
Published in Acta Psychologica. 2013, vol. 142, no. 2, p. 238-244
Abstract Here we present two experiments investigating the implicit orienting of attention over time by entrainment to an auditory rhythmic stimulus. In the first experiment, participants carried out a detection and discrimination tasks with auditory and visual targets while listening to an isochronous, auditory sequence, which acted as the entraining stimulus. For the second experiment, we used musical extracts as entraining stimulus, and tested the resulting strength of entrainment with a visual discrimination task. Both experiments used reaction times as a dependent variable. By manipulating the appearance of targets across four selected metrical positions of the auditory entraining stimulus we were able to observe how entraining to a rhythm modulates behavioural responses. That our results were independent of modality gives a new insight into cross-modal interactions between auditory and visual modalities in the context of dynamic attending to auditory temporal structure.
Keywords Acoustic Stimulation/methodsAdultAnalysis of VarianceAttentionAuditory Perception/physiologyDiscrimination (Psychology)/physiologyFemaleHumansMaleMusicReaction Time/physiologyVisual Perception/physiology
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BOLGER, Deirdre, TROST, Johanna Wiebke, SCHÖN, Daniele. Rhythm implicitly affects temporal orienting of attention across modalities. In: Acta Psychologica, 2013, vol. 142, n° 2, p. 238-244. https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:77329

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