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Caro Hautekiet Talk – Is the switch cost between the internal and external focus of attention asymmetrical? A replication study of Verschooren et al. (2020)
@ 10:30 - 11:30
While some researchers assume that internal and external attention are interactive constructs, others argue that they should be considered separate. One way of approaching this question is by investigating how easily one can switch between the internal and external focus of attention. Verschooren et al. (2020) examined the behavioral cost associated with switching between the internal and external focus of attention. The authors found a larger cost when switching from the external towards the internal focus of attention than the other way around. They accounted for this finding with a procedural, task-level account, but we propose that these findings can be explained in terms of an asymmetry of declarative, stimulus-level interference. Before testing this alternative account, we started with a direct replication of the study by Verschooren and colleagues (2020). By doing so, we want to establish the robustness of these findings before investigating our alternative account.