Video-game players have larger attention capacity (#122)

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Reference to Report of Original Finding Green, C. S., & Bavelier, D. (2003). Action video-game modifies visual selective attention. Nature, 423, 534"“537. doi: 10.1038/ nature01647.
Reference to Published Report of Replication Attempt Irons, J. L., Remington, R. W., & McLean, J. P. (2011). Not so fast: Rethinking the effects of action video games on attentional capacity. Australian Journal of Psychology, 63, 224-231. doi: 10.1111/j.1742-9536.2011.00001.x.
Title Video-game players have larger attention capacity
If the original article contained multiple experiments, which one did the authors attempt to replicate? e.g., you might respond 'Study 1' or 'Experiment 4'. Experiment 1
Link to PDF of Original Report
Brief Statement of Original Result Experienced action video-game players showed distractor interference under higher perceptual load than did controls, indicating increased attentional capacity.
Type of Replication Attempted Fairly Exact Replication
Result Type Failure to Replicate
Number of Subjects 32
Any other details on results or statistics that you want to mention? Video game players (VGPs) and non players (NVGPs) were compared on flanker task, which involved identifying targets accompanied compatible or incompatible distractors under various levels of load. All participants showed significant effects of distractor compatibility at low load. At high load, NVGPs again showed a significant compatibility effect. VGPs showed a trend towards a negative validity effect. This was the reverse of the original findings.
Difference? Opposite Direction, .02
Any Known Methodological Differences
(between original and present study)?
Participants were recruited specifically for their video-game experience (for VGPs) or lack thereof (for NVGPs). The original article used a neutral distractor condition which we did not include. The original experiment used twice as many trials.
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