Attentional capture in goal-directed action during childhood, adolescence, and early adulthood.

Show simple item record Erb, Christopher D Moher, Jeff Marcovitch, Stuart
dc.coverage.spatial United States 2022-05-19T04:45:15Z 2022-05-19T04:45:15Z 2022-02
dc.identifier.citation (2022). Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 214, 105273-.
dc.identifier.issn 0022-0965
dc.description.abstract Attentional capture occurs when salient but task-irrelevant information disrupts our ability to respond to task-relevant information. Although attentional capture costs have been found to decrease between childhood and adulthood, it is currently unclear the extent to which such age-related changes reflect an improved ability to recover from attentional capture or to avoid attentional capture. In addition, recent research using hand-tracking techniques with adults indicates that attentional capture by a distractor can generate response activations corresponding to the distractor's location, consistent with action-centered models of attention. However, it is unknown whether attentional capture can also result in the capture of action in children and adolescents. Therefore, we presented 5-year-olds, 9-year-olds, 13- and 14-year-olds, and adults (N = 96) with a singleton search task in which participants responded by reaching to touch targets on a digital display. Consistent with action-centered models of attention, distractor effects were evident in each age group's movement trajectories. In contrast to movement trajectories, movement times revealed significant age-related reductions in the costs of attentional capture, suggesting that age-related improvements in attentional control may be driven in part by an enhanced ability to recover from-as opposed to avoid-attentional capture. Children's performance was also significantly affected by response repetition effects, indicating that children may be more susceptible to interference from a wider range of task-irrelevant factors than adults. In addition to presenting novel insights into the development of attention and action, these results highlight the benefits of incorporating hand-tracking techniques into developmental research.
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dc.language eng
dc.publisher Elsevier BV
dc.relation.ispartofseries Journal of experimental child psychology
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dc.subject Humans
dc.subject Goals
dc.subject Attention
dc.subject Reaction Time
dc.subject Movement
dc.subject Adolescent
dc.subject Adult
dc.subject Child
dc.subject Child, Preschool
dc.subject Touch Perception
dc.subject Action-centered attention
dc.subject Attentional capture
dc.subject Cognitive development
dc.subject Distraction
dc.subject Error monitoring
dc.subject Hand tracking
dc.subject Interference control
dc.subject Behavioral and Social Science
dc.subject Pediatric
dc.subject Basic Behavioral and Social Science
dc.subject Clinical Research
dc.subject Social Sciences
dc.subject Psychology, Developmental
dc.subject Psychology, Experimental
dc.subject Psychology
dc.subject VISUAL-SEARCH
dc.subject POP-OUT
dc.subject DYNAMICS
dc.subject COLOR
dc.subject 1701 Psychology
dc.subject 1702 Cognitive Sciences
dc.title Attentional capture in goal-directed action during childhood, adolescence, and early adulthood.
dc.type Journal Article
dc.identifier.doi 10.1016/j.jecp.2021.105273
pubs.begin-page 105273
pubs.volume 214 2022-04-06T03:14:35Z
dc.rights.holder Copyright: The author en
dc.identifier.pmid 34509699 (pubmed)
pubs.publication-status Published
dc.rights.accessrights en
pubs.subtype Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
pubs.subtype Journal Article
pubs.elements-id 867846 Science Psychology
dc.identifier.eissn 1096-0457
dc.identifier.pii S0022-0965(21)00191-0
pubs.number 105273
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2022-04-06

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