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ERIC Number: ED098525
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Apr
Pages: 20
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The Development of Visual and Auditory Selective Attention Using the Central-Incidental Paradigm.
Conroy, Robert L.; Weener, Paul
Analogous auditory and visual central-incidental learning tasks were administered to 24 students from each of the second, fourth, and sixth grades. The visual tasks served as another modification of Hagen's central-incidental learning paradigm, with the interpretation that focal attention processes continue to develop until the age of 12 or 13 years. The auditory tasks were administered to the same students in order to extend this interpretation to auditory selective attention processes and to assess the feasibility of a modality independent central process for allocating and maintaining attention. As predicted, central task learning increased with age for both auditory and visual presentations. Visual incidental learning followed the predicted curvilinear age trend for boys but not for girls. Auditory incidental learning increased with age for boys but not for girls. These results suggest that auditory selective attention processes develop more slowly than visual selective attention processes, especially for boys. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, Illinois, April 15-19, 1974)