Is visual attention automatically attracted by one’s own name?

Claus Bundesen, Søren Kyllingsbæk, Kristjan Jul Houmann, Rune Møller Jensen

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Subjects were presented with briefly exposed visual displays of words that were common first names with a length of four to six letters. In the main experiment, each display consisted of four words: two names shown in red and two shown in white. The subject’s task was to report the red names (targets), but ignore the white ones (distractors). On some trials the subject’s own name appeared as a display item (target or distractor). Presentation of the subject’s name as a distractor caused no more interference with report of targets than did presentation of other names as distractors. Apparently, visual attention was not automatically attracted by the subject’s own name.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAttention, Perception, & Psychophysics
Issue number5
Pages (from-to)714-720
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes


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