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ERIC Number: EJ828064
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Feb
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
ISSN: ISSN-1524-8372
The Effects of Continuous and Intermittent Distractors on Cognitive Performance and Attention in Preschoolers
Kannass, Kathleen N.; Colombo, John
Journal of Cognition and Development, v8 n1 p63-77 Feb 2007
We investigated the effects of different amounts of distraction on preschoolers' task performance and attention. Children 3.5 and 4 years of age completed problem-solving tasks in one of three conditions: no distraction, intermittent (periodic) distraction, or continuous distraction. The results revealed differential effects of the distractors at the different ages. The younger group was susceptible to any kind of distraction; task performance and attention were equally impaired during both distraction conditions. The older group was less susceptible to external distraction, with task performance and attention most impaired in the continuous distraction condition. The results are discussed in terms of the relevance of the amount of competition for attentional focus present in distractors and the development of executive functions in early childhood. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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