Modality-specific auditory and visual temporal processing deficits

Q J Exp Psychol A. 2002 Jan;55(1):23-40. doi: 10.1080/02724980143000136.


We studied the attentional blink (AB) and the repetition blindness (RB) effects using an audiovisual presentation procedure designed to overcome several potential methodological confounds in previous cross-modal research. In Experiment 1, two target digits were embedded amongst letter distractors in two concurrent streams (one visual and the other auditory) presented from the same spatial location. Targets appeared in either modality unpredictably at different temporal lags, and the participants' task was to recall the digits at the end of the trial. We evaluated both AB and RB for pairs of targets presented in either the same or different modalities. Under these conditions both AB and RB were observed in vision, AB but not RB was observed in audition, and there was no evidence o

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Attention
  • Auditory Perception*
  • Blinking
  • Humans
  • Perceptual Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Periodicity
  • Reaction Time
  • Visual Perception*