The attentional boost effect in young and adult euthymic bipolar patients and healthy controls

Giulia Bechi Gabrielli, Clelia Rossi-Arnaud, Pietro Spataro, Fabrizio Doricchi, Marco Costanzi, Alessandro Santirocchi, Gloria Angeletti, Gabriele Sani, Vincenzo Cestari

Risultato della ricerca: Contributo in rivistaAbstract


In the Attentional Boost Effect (ABE), stimuli encoded with to-be-responded targets are later recognized more accurately than stimuli encoded with to-be-ignored distractors. While this effect is robust in young adults, evidence regarding healthy older adults and clinical populations is sparse. The present study investigated whether a significant ABE is present in bipolar patients (BP), who, even in the euthymic phase, suffer from attentional deficits, and whether the effect is modulated by age. Young and adult euthymic BP and healthy controls (HC) presented with a sequence of pictures paired with target or distractor squares were asked to pay attention to the pictures and press the spacebar when a target square appeared. After a 15-min interval, their memory of the pictures was tested in a recognition task. The performance in the detection task was lower in BP than in HC, in both age groups. More importantly, neither young nor adult BP exhibited a significant ABE; for HC, a robust ABE was only found in young participants. The results suggest that the increase in the attentional demands of the detection task in BP and in adult HC draws resources away from the encoding of target-associated stimuli, resulting in elimination of the ABE. Clinical implications are discussed.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)185-N/A
RivistaJournal of Personalized Medicine
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2021


  • Attentional Boost Effect
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Euthymic patients
  • Recognition memory


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