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"What smell?" temporarily loading visual attention induces a prolonged loss of olfactory awareness

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The human sense of smell is highly sensitive, often conveying important biological signals. Yet anecdotal evidence suggests that we commonly fail to notice suprathreshold environmental olfactory stimuli. The determinants of olfactory awareness are, as yet, unknown. Here, we adapted the inattentional-blindness paradigm to test whether olfactory awareness is dependent on attention. Across three experiments, participants performed a visual search task with either a high or low perceptual load (a...

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Publication status:
Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
Version:
Accepted Manuscript

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10.1177/0956797618781325

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
Medical Sciences Division
Department:
Experimental Psychology
Oxford college:
Somerville College
Role:
Author
ORCID:
0000-0003-2111-072X
Publisher:
Association for Psychological Science Publisher's website
Journal:
Psychological Science Journal website
Volume:
29
Issue:
10
Pages:
1642-1652
Publication date:
2018-08-01
Acceptance date:
2018-05-08
DOI:
EISSN:
1467-9280
ISSN:
0956-7976
Pubs id:
pubs:905096
URN:
uri:fbfdfa8f-d62f-47c9-b245-ddb91643166b
UUID:
uuid:fbfdfa8f-d62f-47c9-b245-ddb91643166b
Local pid:
pubs:905096
Language:
English
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