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How concentration shields against distraction
University of Gävle, Faculty of Engineering and Sustainable Development, Department of Building, Energy and Environmental Engineering. (Miljöpsykologi)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7584-2275
University of Gävle, Faculty of Engineering and Sustainable Development, Department of Building, Energy and Environmental Engineering. School of Psychology, University of Central Lancashire.
2015 (English)In: Current directions in psychological science (Print), ISSN 0963-7214, E-ISSN 1467-8721, Vol. 24, no 4, 267-272 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this article, we outline our view of how concentration shields against distraction. We argue that higher levels of concentration make people less susceptible to distraction for two reasons. One reason is that the undesired processing of the background environment is reduced. For example, when people play a difficult video game, as opposed to an easy game, they are less likely to notice what people in the background are saying. The other reason is that the locus of attention becomes more steadfast. For example, when people are watching an entertaining episode of their favorite television series, as opposed to a less absorbing show, attention is less likely to be diverted away from the screen by a ringing telephone. The theoretical underpinnings of this perspective, and potential implications for applied settings, are addressed.

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2015. Vol. 24, no 4, 267-272 p.
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concentration, task difficulty, attention, distraction, working memory capacity
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-19019DOI: 10.1177/0963721415577356ISI: 000359920400003PubMedID: 26300594Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84939237767OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-19019DiVA: diva2:788701
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Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, P11-0617:1
Available from: 2015-02-16 Created: 2015-02-16 Last updated: 2015-11-19Bibliographically approved

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