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Unintended allocation of spatial attention to goal-relevant but not to goal-related events

Vogt, J., De Houwer, J. and Moors, A. (2011) Unintended allocation of spatial attention to goal-relevant but not to goal-related events. Social Psychology, 42 (1). pp. 48-55. ISSN 1864-9335

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1027/1864-9335/a000042

Abstract/Summary

We investigated whether words relevant to a person’s current goal and words related to that goal influence the orienting of attention even when an intention to attend to the goal-relevant and goal-related stimuli is not present. Participants performed a modified spatial cueing paradigm combined with a second task that induced a goal. The results showed that the induced goal led to the orienting of attention to goal-relevant words in the spatial cueing task. This effect was not found for goal-related words. The results provide evidence or accounts of automatic goal pursuit, which state that goals automatically guide attention to goal-relevant events.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Department of Psychology
ID Code:68433
Publisher:Hogrefe

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