Resetting capacity limitations revealed by long-lasting elimination of attentional blink through training

Hoon Choi*, Li Hung Chang, Kazuhisa Shibata, Yuka Sasaki, Takeo Watanabe

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Abstract

As with other cognitive phenomena that are based upon the capacity limitations of visual processing, it is thought that attentional blink (AB) cannot be eliminated, even after extensive training. We report in this paper that just 1 h of specific attentional training can completely eliminate AB, and that this effect is robust enough to persist for a few months after training. Results of subsequent behavioral and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) experiments indicate that this learning effect is associated with improvements in temporal resolution, which are mainly due to processing in the prefrontal areas. Contrary to prior wisdom, we conclude that capacity limitations can be overcome by short-term training.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12242-12247
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Volume109
Issue number30
DOIs
StatePublished - 24 Jul 2012

Keywords

  • Color-salient training
  • Learning in temporal attention
  • Plasticity

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