Load Theory of Selective Attention and Cognitive Control

Lavie, N.; Hirst, A.; De Fockert, J. W. and Viding, E.. 2004. Load Theory of Selective Attention and Cognitive Control. Journal of Experimental Psychology General, 133(3), pp. 339-354. ISSN 00963445 [Article]

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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. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2009 APA, all rights reserved)

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Article

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https://doi.org/10.1037/0096-3445.133.3.339

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Psychology

Dates:

DateEvent
1 September 2004Published

Item ID:

424

Date Deposited:

10 Dec 2008 10:36

Last Modified:

30 Jun 2017 14:58

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

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http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/424

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