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Distraction of Eye-Hand Coordination Varies With Working Memory Capacity
University of Gavle, Sweden .
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. University of Gavle, Sweden .
University of Gavle, Sweden .
2013 (English)In: Journal of motor behavior, ISSN 0022-2895, Vol. 45, no 1, 79-83 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The authors present a study of the relationship between individual variation in working memory capacity (WMC) and visually guided hand control in the face of visual distraction. WMC was assessed with the automated operation span task. Hand control was measured by requesting participants to track a visual target with a hand-held touch screen pen. Tracking error increased when nontarget visual objects (distractors) appeared, especially in individuals with low WMC. High-WMC individuals are less impaired by distractors than their low-WMC counterpart, because they resume target tracking more quickly after distractor onset. The results suggest that visual distractors cause a momentary interruption to tracking movements and that high WMC attenuates this interruption by facilitating visual search.

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Taylor and Francis (Psychology Press) / Taylor and Francis (Routledge): STM, Behavioural Science and Public Health Titles , 2013. Vol. 45, no 1, 79-83 p.
Keyword [en]
eye-hand coordination, distraction, memory scanning, motor control, working memory capacity
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-96716DOI: 10.1080/00222895.2012.746282ISI: 000322304400010OAI: diva2:642964

Funding Agencies|AFA|090231|Swedish Council for Working Life, Social Research Grant|2009-1761|

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