Selective Attention

Selective Attention - again Treisman(1960 shadowing study...

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Selective Attention (Auditory) dichotic listening (Cherry, 1953; Moray, 1959) [in text] in a typical dichotic listening task, Ss hear two messages simultaneously. message in one ear and one message in the other; as they are listening, they are asked to 'shadow' one of the messages (i.e. repeat back the words from one message only); most Ss can do this very little about the unattended message is processed: can tell whether it was a human voice or a noise can tell whether the voice was male or female this information is limited cannot tell what language was spoken cannot report any of the words spoken, even if the same word was repeated over and over
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Unformatted text preview: again Treisman (1960) shadowing study what does this tell us? theoretically, difficult to attend to two things at once; can tell us what can draw attention. ..such as hearing your name in the unattended ear but when your attention gets drawn to the unattended ear, you lose information from tha attended ear ( cocktail party phenomenon .) practically, don't think you can do more that one at a time without one or both tasks suffering (e.g. reading a book for class and watching Melrose Place...
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