Attention Reduction and Suppressed Direct-Current Potentials in the Human Brain

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Science  18 Apr 1969:
Vol. 164, Issue 3877, pp. 331-333
DOI: 10.1126/science.164.3877.331


Distraction suppresses direct-current potentials (contingent negative variation) recorded from the human scalp. This reduction is accompanied by retarded reaction time. Contingent negative variation and reaction time appear to reflect a common process, attention.

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