Attention to beds in natural scenes by observers with insomnia symptoms

Beattie, L., Bindemann, M., Kyle, S. D. and Biello, S. M. (2017) Attention to beds in natural scenes by observers with insomnia symptoms. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 92, pp. 51-56. (doi:10.1016/j.brat.2017.02.001) (PMID:28257981)

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Abstract

Attention biases to sleep-related stimuli are held to play a key role in the development and maintenance of insomnia, but such biases have only been shown with controlled visual displays. This study investigated whether observers with insomnia symptoms allocate attention to sleep-related items in natural scenes, by recording eye movements during free-viewing of bedrooms. Participants with insomnia symptoms and normal sleepers were matched in their visual exploration of these scenes, and there was no evidence that the attention of those with insomnia symptoms was captured more quickly by sleep-related stimuli than that of normal sleepers. However, the insomnia group fixated bed regions on more trials and, once fixated on a bed, also remained there for longer. These findings indicate that sleep stimuli are particularly effective in retaining visual attention in complex natural scenes.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Biello, Professor Stephany and Beattie, Dr Louise and Bindemann, Mr Markus and Kyle, Dr Simon
Authors: Beattie, L., Bindemann, M., Kyle, S. D., and Biello, S. M.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology
College of Science and Engineering > School of Psychology
Journal Name:Behaviour Research and Therapy
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0005-7967
ISSN (Online):1873-622X
Published Online:10 February 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd.
First Published:First published in Behaviour Research and Therapy 92:51-56
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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