Effects Of Automatic Word Reading And Identifying Direction

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The Effects of Automatic Word Reading and Identifying Direction

Whether it is the modern day issue of texting and driving or simply studying for an exam in a noisy room most people experience distraction every day. What people may not know is how those distractions cause interferences when processing information; this is the underlying problem and has been known to be tested through something called a Stroop experiment. From referencing the original Stroop test that examined the interference of color word association to other variations using shapes, emotions, or spatial locations, we can still learn a lot from Stroop experiments. When the stimulus contains both the target and distraction, perceptual load increases and suggests higher interference also. This is due to the fact more attention is brought to the target and when this is shared, it also brings more focus to the distracter. (Lavie 2005) When referencing and building off the original Stroop test it is important to know the original theories and ideas. In the first experiment, Stroop (1935) used 5 different colors; purple, brown, green, blue, and red. Each individual color was written in the 4 other colors the same amount of times. For example, the word “blue” would be written in the color red and the participants had to name the color that the word was, not what it said. The subjects were selected randomly and were shown a list of 10 words and were told to read them as fast as they could. They first did this
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