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Action words: Studying the involuntary capture of attention of action words
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2011 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This study’s aim was to examine how attention is affected by action words. Twenty participants performed a cross‐modal oddball task with a standard sound (a sine wave tone) and two recorded speech sounds as novel sounds (stop and press). The result showed that novel sounds captured attention and increased response time compared to standard. There was a significant difference between “press” and standard and “stop” and standard but not between stop and press. This showed that the participants could not block out the sound and focus on the focal attention task. Even though not significant, the response time for “stop” was the slowest since it may inhibit the involuntary response. The results might be explained by the fact that not enough subjects participated, and because of that same reason the result might not be generalized either.

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2011. , 13 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-51974OAI: diva2:490679
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Examensarbete i psykologi
Available from: 2012-02-06 Created: 2012-02-06 Last updated: 2012-02-06Bibliographically approved

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