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The impact of task rules on distracter processing: Automatic categorization of irrelevant stimuli

Reisenauer, Renate ; Dreisbach, Gesine


The goal of the study was to investigate whether task rules are automatically applied to irrelevant distracters. In three experiments, subjects categorized target words which were superimposed on distracter pictures. The categorization rule was arbitrary and the distracters were not relevant at any point during the experiment. We found congruency effects for distracters that belonged to the ...


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