Is attentional focusing an inhibitory process at distractor location?

Andrea Facoetti, Massimo Molteni

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This study investigated whether attentional focusing is an inhibitory mechanism of lateral distractor stimuli. Attentional focusing is defined as the visual system capacity to vary the spatial extent of the attended area without shifting attention. A two-choice-reaction time task with compatible and incompatible flankers was used. Results were interpreted on the basis of the time course of attentional focusing. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science B.V.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)185-188
Number of pages4
JournalCognitive Brain Research
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2000


  • Distractor inhibition
  • Flanker effect
  • Focusing
  • Reaction time
  • Selective spatial attention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology


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