publication . Article . 2009

High working memory load leads to more Ebbinghaus illusion

Jan W. de Fockert; Si Wu;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2009 Journal: European Journal of Cognitive Psychology, volume 21, pages 961-970 (issn: 0954-1446, eissn: 1464-0635, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Informa UK Limited
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract
The evidence that distractor processing increases with greater load on working memory has come mainly from Stroop-type interference tasks, making it difficult to establish whether cognitive load affects distractor processing at the perceptual level or during response selection. We measured the Ebbinghaus illusion under varying levels of working memory load to test whether cognitive control is also relevant for preventing processing of distractors that do not produce any response conflict, and instead affect target processing at the perceptual level. The Ebbinghaus illusion was greater under high working memory load, suggesting that availability of cognitive cont...
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free text keywords: Experimental and Cognitive Psychology, Working memory, Mental load, Perception, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Selective attention, Cognition, Psychology, Cognitive psychology, Ebbinghaus illusion, Cognitive load

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