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Attentional Lapses under Decision-Making: an Event-Related Potential Study

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  • Boris Chernyshev

    () (National Research University Higher School of Economics. Laboratory of Cognitive Psychophysiology, Head; National Research University Higher School of Economics. Department of Psychophysiology)

  • Ivan Lazarev

    () (National Research University Higher School of Economics. Laboratory of Cognitive Psychophysiology)

  • Maksim Ivanov

    () (National Research University Higher School of Economics. Laboratory of Cognitive Psychophysiology)

  • Evgeniya Osokina

    () (National Research University Higher School of Economics. Laboratory of Cognitive Psychophysiology)

  • Alyona Vyazovtseva

    () (National Research University Higher School of Economics. Laboratory of Cognitive Psychophysiology, Trainee Researcher)

Abstract

The causes of everyday errors made by most people remain largely unknown. In order to investigate spontaneous lapses in attentional processing a new task was designed. This task creates an increased attentional load because it is based on impeded decision making involving both stimuli feature binding and response selection. Participants made errors in 9.6 ± 1.1% of trials and response omissions in 5.4 ± 0.7% of trials. In the ERP pattern the N1 and P2 peaks were well pronounced, while P3 peak was almost indistinguishable. The P2 peak was greater in trials with errors and response omissions compared to correct responses. The results obtained substantiate the hypothesis that attentional lapses may be a consequence of mind-wandering, which may compete with the overt task for the attentional resources.

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  • Boris Chernyshev & Ivan Lazarev & Maksim Ivanov & Evgeniya Osokina & Alyona Vyazovtseva, 2012. "Attentional Lapses under Decision-Making: an Event-Related Potential Study," HSE Working papers WP BRP 06/PSY/2012, National Research University Higher School of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:hig:wpaper:06psy2012
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