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Attentional control in the attentional blink is modulated by odor.
Atten Percept Psychophys. 2014 Aug; 76(6):1510-5.AP

Abstract

Increasing evidence suggests that `aromas have distinctive effects on the allocation of attention in space: Arousing olfactory fragrances (e.g., peppermint) are supposed to induce a more focused state, and calming olfactory fragrances (e.g., lavender) a broader attentional state. Here, we investigate whether odors have similar effects on the allocation of attention in time. Participants performed the attentional blink (AB) task, known to produce a deficit in reporting the second of two target stimuli presented in close succession in a rapid sequence of distractors, while being exposed to either a peppermint or a lavender aroma. In two experiments using a between-subjects and a within-subjects design, respectively, we show that the two odors have specific effects on attentional control: As compared with the calming lavender aroma, the arousing peppermint condition yielded a larger AB. Our results demonstrate that attentional control is systematically modulated by factors that induce a more or a less distributed state of mind.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Institute for Psychological Research & Leiden Institute for Brain and Cognition, Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands, colzato@fsw.leidenuniv.nl.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Comparative Study
Controlled Clinical Trial
Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

25070746

Citation

Colzato, Lorenza S., et al. "Attentional Control in the Attentional Blink Is Modulated By Odor." Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, vol. 76, no. 6, 2014, pp. 1510-5.
Colzato LS, Sellaro R, Rossi Paccani C, et al. Attentional control in the attentional blink is modulated by odor. Atten Percept Psychophys. 2014;76(6):1510-5.
Colzato, L. S., Sellaro, R., Rossi Paccani, C., & Hommel, B. (2014). Attentional control in the attentional blink is modulated by odor. Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, 76(6), 1510-5. https://doi.org/10.3758/s13414-014-0733-0
Colzato LS, et al. Attentional Control in the Attentional Blink Is Modulated By Odor. Atten Percept Psychophys. 2014;76(6):1510-5. PubMed PMID: 25070746.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Attentional control in the attentional blink is modulated by odor. AU - Colzato,Lorenza S, AU - Sellaro,Roberta, AU - Rossi Paccani,Claudia, AU - Hommel,Bernhard, PY - 2014/7/30/entrez PY - 2014/7/30/pubmed PY - 2015/7/25/medline SP - 1510 EP - 5 JF - Attention, perception & psychophysics JO - Atten Percept Psychophys VL - 76 IS - 6 N2 - Increasing evidence suggests that `aromas have distinctive effects on the allocation of attention in space: Arousing olfactory fragrances (e.g., peppermint) are supposed to induce a more focused state, and calming olfactory fragrances (e.g., lavender) a broader attentional state. Here, we investigate whether odors have similar effects on the allocation of attention in time. Participants performed the attentional blink (AB) task, known to produce a deficit in reporting the second of two target stimuli presented in close succession in a rapid sequence of distractors, while being exposed to either a peppermint or a lavender aroma. In two experiments using a between-subjects and a within-subjects design, respectively, we show that the two odors have specific effects on attentional control: As compared with the calming lavender aroma, the arousing peppermint condition yielded a larger AB. Our results demonstrate that attentional control is systematically modulated by factors that induce a more or a less distributed state of mind. SN - 1943-393X UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/25070746/Attentional_control_in_the_attentional_blink_is_modulated_by_odor_ L2 - https://dx.doi.org/10.3758/s13414-014-0733-0 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -