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A stimulus that diverts attention from a target item that a research participant is searching for or trying to concentrate on, frequently used in studies of perception and memory. A token distractor resembles the target item closely, differing from it in detail only, whereas a type distractor differs substantially from the target item. Also called a foil.

Subjects: Psychology.

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