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Greg L. West, Sara A. Stevens, Carson Pun, Jay Pratt; Visuospatial experience modulates attentional capture: Evidence from action video game players. Journal of Vision 2008;8(16):13. doi: https://doi.org/10.1167/8.16.13.
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Visuospatial experience, the prolonged engagement in a demanding visual task, obtained through action video game play enhances several visual and cognitive processes. The underlying mechanisms involved in these processes, however, remain unclear. Here we demonstrate that experience with action video games modulates early sensory processing, resulting in increases sensitivity to salient visual events that capture attention. In two experiments, we show using a Temporal Order Judgment (TOJ) and a Signal Detection Paradigm ( d′) that action video game players show greater sensitivity to exogenous sensory events in the visual array. These results suggest that visuospatial experience modulates the earliest sensory aspects of visual processing.
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