Focusing on Attention: The Effects of Working Memory Capacity and Load on Selective Attention

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10675.2/822
Title:
Focusing on Attention: The Effects of Working Memory Capacity and Load on Selective Attention
Authors:
Ahmed, Lubna; de Fockert, Jan W. ( 0000-0003-4737-0714 )
Abstract:
Background: Working memory (WM) is imperative for effective selective attention. Distractibility is greater under conditions of high (vs. low) concurrent working memory load (WML), and in individuals with low (vs. high) working memory capacity (WMC). In the current experiments, we recorded the flanker task performance of individuals with high and low WMC during low and high WML, to investigate the combined effect of WML and WMC on selective attention.; Methodology/Principal Findings: In; Conclusions/Significance: The current findings show that limitations in WM resources, due to either WML or individual differences in WMC, affect the spatial distribution of attention. The difference in attentional constraining between high and low WMC individuals demonstrated in the current experiments helps characterise the nature of previously established associations between WMC and controlled attention.
Editors:
Tsien, Joe Z.
Citation:
PLoS One. 2012 Aug 28; 7(8):e43101
Issue Date:
28-Aug-2012
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10675.2/822
DOI:
10.1371/journal.pone.0043101
PubMed ID:
22952636
PubMed Central ID:
PMC3429456
Type:
Article
ISSN:
1932-6203
Appears in Collections:
Department of Neurology: Faculty Research and Presentations

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dc.contributor.authorAhmed, Lubnaen_US
dc.contributor.authorde Fockert, Jan W.en_US
dc.contributor.editorTsien, Joe Z.-
dc.date.accessioned2012-10-26T20:35:11Z-
dc.date.available2012-10-26T20:35:11Z-
dc.date.issued2012-08-28en_US
dc.identifier.citationPLoS One. 2012 Aug 28; 7(8):e43101en_US
dc.identifier.issn1932-6203en_US
dc.identifier.pmid22952636en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1371/journal.pone.0043101en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10675.2/822-
dc.description.abstractBackground: Working memory (WM) is imperative for effective selective attention. Distractibility is greater under conditions of high (vs. low) concurrent working memory load (WML), and in individuals with low (vs. high) working memory capacity (WMC). In the current experiments, we recorded the flanker task performance of individuals with high and low WMC during low and high WML, to investigate the combined effect of WML and WMC on selective attention.en_US
dc.description.abstractMethodology/Principal Findings: Inen_US
dc.description.abstractConclusions/Significance: The current findings show that limitations in WM resources, due to either WML or individual differences in WMC, affect the spatial distribution of attention. The difference in attentional constraining between high and low WMC individuals demonstrated in the current experiments helps characterise the nature of previously established associations between WMC and controlled attention.en_US
dc.subjectResearch Articleen_US
dc.subjectBiologyen_US
dc.subjectNeuroscienceen_US
dc.subjectCognitive Neuroscienceen_US
dc.subjectWorking Memoryen_US
dc.subjectMedicineen_US
dc.subjectMental Healthen_US
dc.subjectPsychologyen_US
dc.subjectBehavioren_US
dc.subjectAttention (Behavior)en_US
dc.subjectCognitive Psychologyen_US
dc.subjectExperimental Psychologyen_US
dc.subjectSocial and Behavioral Sciencesen_US
dc.subjectPsychologyen_US
dc.subjectBehavioren_US
dc.subjectAttention (Behavior)en_US
dc.subjectCognitive Psychologyen_US
dc.titleFocusing on Attention: The Effects of Working Memory Capacity and Load on Selective Attentionen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.pmcidPMC3429456en_US
dc.contributor.corporatenameDepartment of Neurology-
dc.contributor.corporatenameCollege of Graduate Studies-
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