The Relationship Between Temporal Attention And Implicit Learning

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The relationship between temporal attention and implicit learning has not been discovered in research. This experiment was designed to see if implicit learning could influence attention. We hypothesized that periodicity of a stimulus would aid in the learning process. A 45-minute Rapid Serial Visual Presentation task was utilized. There were 48 Indiana State University undergraduates who participated in the study. 11 uppercase letters was presented in RSVP task. Participants identified one blue target among 10 white distractors, at 10 Hz, for 10 practice trials and 462 experimental trials. There were two conditions, periodic and non-periodic. The study had the same results for position effects as a previous study which supported…show more content…
Attention is a fascinating and highly researched area in psychology. We use attention every day and though it seems like something simple it is actually a complex process. Some of the most interesting studies conducted were cases where people were not paying attention as one would assume.
Phenomena like Pseudoneglect, Hemispatial neglect, and Inattentional blindness incites psychologists because they want to know why such cognitive deficits occur. These types of phenomena all stems from attention. The ability to be completely normal, but make leftward errors in line bisection because the left side of space tends to be favored; the ability to only attend to one side of one’s body and completely ignore the other; or the fact that we miss activities that occur right in front us, all contribute to cognitive research that interest researchers. Studies about attention are separated into two groups, spatial attention and temporal attention. Spatial attention simply means attention in space and temporal attention measures attention over time. This study concentrates on temporal attention and how it relates to learning.
In this study we wanted to measure whether or not implicit learning occurs with time in the RSVP task. Implicit learning simply means unintentional or indirect learning. We also wanted to determine if periodicity plays a role in the implicit learning of a timing pattern (Key, 2013). In order to understand why
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