What is it about?
We live in a world of distractions from a variety of sources including phone calls, texting, notifications from online services, and advertisements. Distractions affect our timekeeping abilities. Timekeeping is also affected in disorders such as ADHD, Depression, Schizophrenia, and Parkinson. We evaluated timekeeping abilities of rats when distracted by stimuli associated with food, and the role of specific brain chemicals in this process.
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Why is it important?
Results indicate that distracters capture the attention of the subjects long after their offset, and their effect on timekeeping depends both on their relative novelty and significance. Brain chemicals affect this process in a fashion also dependent on the relative novelty and significance of the distracters.
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This page is a summary of: mPFC catecholamines modulate attentional capture by appetitive distracters and attention to time in a peak-interval procedure in rats., Behavioral Neuroscience, July 2022, American Psychological Association (APA), DOI: 10.1037/bne0000528.
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