Divided attention: The whole is more than the sum of its parts

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Results of 3 experiments with 32 university students support the argument that the divided attention situation involves more than the 2 sets of single-task processes derived from its components. Performance decrements may often result from failure (or limits) of new or emergent processes whose existence depends on the particular set of tasks combined. Ss were tested for visual identification, response choice during the psychological refractory period, and the production of timed motor sequences. (20 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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