Accession Number : AD0743424

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

Corporate Author : CIVIL AEROMEDICAL INST OKLAHOMA CITY OKLA

Personal Author(s) : Thackray,Richard I. ; Jones,Karen N. ; Touchstone,Robert M.

Report Date : MAR 1972

Pagination or Media Count : 8

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)

Descriptors :   (*AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS, *ATTENTION), (*AUDITORY SIGNALS, INTERFERENCE), PERFORMANCE(HUMAN), VISUAL PERCEPTION

Subject Categories : Psychology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE