Lavie, N; (2005) Distracted and confused?: Selective attention under load. TRENDS COGN SCI , 9 (2) 75 - 82. 10.1016/j.tics.2004.12.004.
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The ability to remain focused on goal-relevant stimuli in the presence of potentially interfering distractors is crucial for any coherent cognitive function. However, simply instructing people to ignore goal-irrelevant stimuli is not sufficient for preventing their processing. Recent research reveals that distractor processing depends critically on the level and type of load involved in the processing of goal-relevant information. Whereas high perceptual load can eliminate distractor processing, high load on 'frontal' cognitive control processes increases distractor processing. These findings provide a resolution to the long-standing early and late selection debate within a load theory of attention that accommodates behavioural and neuroimaging data within a framework that integrates attention research with executive function.
|Title:||Distracted and confused?: Selective attention under load|
|Keywords:||PERCEPTUAL LOAD, VISUAL-ATTENTION, WORKING-MEMORY, EARLY DEAFNESS, SEARCH, MOTION, TASK, INTERFERENCE, MODULATION, REJECTION|
|UCL classification:||UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Psychology and Language Sciences (Division of) > Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience|
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