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Participants observe a stimulus sequence comprising triangles and rectangles, keeping two counts, one for the triangles and one for the rectangles. Once each stimulus appears, participants update the appropriate mental count and then press a key to proceed to the next trial. Garavan’s central finding was that the reaction times signaled by the key press were longer when the incremented counter was different from the counter incremented on the previous trial (a switch trial) than when the same counter was incremented again (a no-switch trial). Garavan interpreted this switch–no-switch reaction time (RT) difference (the ‘‘switching effect’’) as an index of the time required to switch attention
from one internal counter to another, suggesting that the internal focus of attention was limited in capacity.
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