Accession Number:

AD0743424

Title:

The Color-Word Interference Test and Its Relation to Performance Impairment Under Auditory Distraction,

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

CIVIL AEROMEDICAL INST OKLAHOMA CITY OKLA

Report Date:

1972-03-01

Pagination or Media Count:

8.0

Abstract:

The ability to resist distraction is an important requirement for air traffic controllers. The study examined the relationship between performance on the Stroop color-word interference test a suggested measure of distraction susceptibility and impairment under auditory distraction on a task requiring the subject to generate random sequences of letters. Fifty male college students served as Ss. Although there was a significant decrease in randomness as a result of auditory distraction, the correlation between change in randomness and amount of color-word interference wa nonsignificant. These findings, along with those of several other studies, suggest that the Stroop test may measure a rather restricted type of perceptual interference essentially unrelated to a possibly more general ability to maintain concentration in the presence of competing distracting stimuli. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Psychology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE