Concurrent working memory load can reduce distraction.

@article{Kim2005ConcurrentWM,
  title={Concurrent working memory load can reduce distraction.},
  author={So-Yeon Kim and Min-Shik Kim and Marvin M. Chun},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={2005},
  volume={102 45},
  pages={
          16524-9
        }
}
People have difficulty performing two tasks at once. For example, maintaining items in working memory (WM) makes people more distractible. However, different types of WM load may have different effects on attentional selection depending on whether WM load overlaps with mechanisms involved in target or distractor processing. Three experiments examined the effect of concurrent WM load on Stroop tasks, a widely used measure of executive control and inhibition. Stroop interference increased when… CONTINUE READING

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