Mental fatigue disturbs local processing more than global processing.

  title={Mental fatigue disturbs local processing more than global processing.},
  author={Dimitri van der Linden and Paul A. T. M. Eling},
  journal={Psychological research},
  volume={70 5},
Focusing of attention is influenced by external features such as the presence of global or local target stimuli, but also by motivation and mood states. In the current study, we examined whether working on cognitively demanding tasks for 2 h, which induces mental fatigue, subsequently had a differential effect on global and local processing. The results showed that, compared to non-fatigued participants, fatigued participants particularly displayed compromised local processing. This indicates… CONTINUE READING