Reflexive orienting by central arrows: Evidence from the inattentional blindness task

Shai Gabay, Dolev Avni, Avishai Henik

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It was demonstrated that central arrows produce orienting of attention even when they are nonpredictive as to the target location. This finding was suggested to indicate reflexive orienting of attention by central arrows. However, it is not clear whether central arrows can produce an attentional effect without awareness. In two experiments, using a variation of the inattentional blindness task, we examine whether orienting of attention by a central arrow can be demonstrated without conscious perception of the arrow. We found that attention could be directed to the cued location even when the arrow was not consciously perceived.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)625-630
Number of pages6
JournalPsychonomic Bulletin and Review
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2012


  • Central cues
  • Endogenous orienting
  • Inattentional blindness

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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