Lynn Hasher, Psychology Department, St. George Campus, University of Toronto and Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest
Title: Distraction Regulation and Cognitive Functioning
Ebbinghaus Empire Series 2013-2014
Distraction regulation may be central to efficient cognitive functioning.
What happens when regulation fails - as it may when people are too happy or too tired or too stressed? Our empirical work focuses primarily on healthy older adults as an example of people who are poor regulators of attention. I’ll report on a series of studies showing the consequences of poor regulation for both current and subsequent tasks. As will be seen, not all of the consequences are negative and further, an intervention to improve memory can be based on poor attention regulation. The work is based on a theory that proposes that inhibition is central to the regulation of attention (Hasher, Zacks, and May, 1999).
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