Interference of lateralized distractors on arithmetic problem solving: a functional role for attention shifts in mental calculation.

@article{Masson2016InterferenceOL,
  title={Interference of lateralized distractors on arithmetic problem solving: a functional role for attention shifts in mental calculation.},
  author={Nicolas Masson and Mauro Pesenti},
  journal={Psychological research},
  year={2016},
  volume={80 4},
  pages={640-51}
}
Solving arithmetic problems has been shown to induce shifts of spatial attention in simple probe-detection tasks, subtractions orienting attention to the left side and additions to the right side of space. Whether these attentional shifts constitute epiphenomena or are critically linked to the calculation process is still unknown. In the present study, we investigate participants' performance on addition and subtraction solving while they have to detect central or lateralized targets. The… CONTINUE READING