Dividing Attention Without Alternation or Automaticity

  title={Dividing Attention Without Alternation or Automaticity},
  author={William Hirst and Elizabeth S. Spelke and Celia C. Reaves and George Caharack and Ulric Neisser},
Spelke, Hirst, and Neisser trained two subjects to copy unrelated words at dictation as they read and understood stories. The subjects' success was interpreted as evidence against the hypothesis of a fixed attentional capacity or limited cognitive resources; instead, it was hypothesized, attention is a skill that improves with practice. However, other explanations of these results can be proposed. The present research addressed two such counterhypotheses: that capacity may be alternated between… CONTINUE READING
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