Extending the simultaneous-sequential paradigm to measure perceptual capacity for features and words.

@article{Scharff2011ExtendingTS,
  title={Extending the simultaneous-sequential paradigm to measure perceptual capacity for features and words.},
  author={Alec Scharff and John D. Allen George E. Cort Tom P. McLaughlin Ronald G Palmer and Cathleen M. Moore},
  journal={Journal of experimental psychology. Human perception and performance},
  year={2011},
  volume={37 3},
  pages={813-33}
}
In perception, divided attention refers to conditions in which multiple stimuli are relevant to an observer. To measure the effect of divided attention in terms of perceptual capacity, we introduce an extension of the simultaneous-sequential paradigm. The extension makes predictions for fixed-capacity models as well as for unlimited-capacity models. We apply this paradigm to two example tasks, contrast discrimination and word categorization, and find dramatically different effects of divided… CONTINUE READING

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