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Load theory of selective attention and cognitive control

Lavie, N; Hirst, A; de Fockert, JW; Viding, E; (2004) Load theory of selective attention and cognitive control. J EXP PSYCHOL GEN , 133 (3) 339 - 354. 10.1037/0096-3445.133.3.339.

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Abstract

A load theory of attention in which distractor rejection depends on the level and type of load involved in current processing was tested. A series of experiments demonstrates that whereas high perceptual load reduces distractor interference, working memory load or dual-task coordination load increases distractor interference. These findings suggest 2 selective attention mechanisms: a perceptual selection mechanism serving to reduce distractor perception in situations of high perceptual load that exhaust perceptual capacity in processing relevant stimuli and a cognitive control mechanism that reduces interference from perceived distractors as long as cognitive control functions are available to maintain current priorities (low cognitive load). This theory resolves the long-standing early versus late selection debate and clarifies the role of cognitive control in selective attention.

Type: Article
Title: Load theory of selective attention and cognitive control
DOI: 10.1037/0096-3445.133.3.339
Keywords: WORKING-MEMORY CAPACITY, PERCEPTUAL LOAD, VISUAL-SEARCH, PREFRONTAL CORTEX, NEURAL MECHANISMS, TASK-PERFORMANCE, SYSTEM, STROOP, INTERFERENCE, AUTOMATICITY
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Clinical, Edu and Hlth Psychology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/3664
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