Load theory of selective attention and cognitive control.

@article{Lavie2004LoadTO,
  title={Load theory of selective attention and cognitive control.},
  author={Nilli Lavie and Aleksandra Hirst and Jan de Fockert and Essi Viding},
  journal={Journal of experimental psychology. General},
  year={2004},
  volume={133 3},
  pages={339-54}
}
A load theory of attention in which distractor rejection depends on the level and type of load involved in current processing was tested. A series of experiments demonstrates that whereas high perceptual load reduces distractor interference, working memory load or dual-task coordination load increases distractor interference. These findings suggest 2 selective attention mechanisms: a perceptual selection mechanism serving to reduce distractor perception in situations of high perceptual load… CONTINUE READING
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