The effect of age and stimulus novelty on attentional capture

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Description: The purpose of the present study was to investigate whether frequency/novelty differentially affects the attentional capture of young and older adults. Participants engaged in a spatial cueing task in which irrelevant onset and color cues were presented at either a high or low frequency while participants identified color targets. Results of the high frequency condition for both age groups replicated prior research and supported the contingent capture literature. Findings from the low frequency condition were unable to replicate previous studies, with onset cues failing to capture attention for young adults. The role of order of cue presentation is discussed as a potential source of divergent findings. In terms of the effect of age, both groups exhibited the same general pattern of results, suggesting that older adults may be no more sensitive to the effect of frequency than are young adults.
Language: English
Format: Degree Work