Sleep-related attentional bias in good, moderate, and poor (primary insomnia) sleepers

Barry T. Jones, Lauren M. Macphee, Niall M. Broomfield, Benedict C. Jones, Colin A. Espie

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Evidence was sought of an attentional bias toward a highly representative object of the bedroom environment in good, moderate, and poor (primary insomnia) sleepers. Using a flicker paradigm for inducing change blindness, the authors briefly presented a single scene comprising a group of bedroom environment and neutral objects to participants and then briefly replaced this scene with an identical scene containing a change made to either a bedroom environment or a neutral object. In a 3 × 2 entirely between-participants design, change-detection latencies revealed a sleep-related attentional bias in poor sleepers but not in good sleepers. A possible bias in moderate sleepers was also revealed. It is suggested that attentional bias has a role in the perpetuation and possibly precipitation of primary insomnia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)249-258
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Abnormal Psychology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2005


  • attentional bias
  • charge-detection
  • circadian
  • insomnia
  • sleep disruption


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