The role of controlled attention and selective encoding for kindergarteners' learning

Roderer, Thomas; Krebs, Saskia; Schmid, Corinne; Roebers, Claudia M. (2012). The role of controlled attention and selective encoding for kindergarteners' learning. Infant and child development, 21(2), pp. 146-159. Wiley 10.1002/icd.738

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Selectivity in encoding, aspects of attentional control and their contribution to learning performance were explored in a sample of preschoolers. While the children are performing a learning task, their encoding of relevant and attention towards irrelevant information was recorded through an eye-tracking device. Recognition of target items was used as measure of learning outcome, and individual differences in resistance to interference and inhibition of attention to task-irrelevant stimuli (i.e. distractibility) were used as measures of executive control of attention. Results indicated well-developed selectivity during encoding in young children. Recognition performance was related to selective encoding and aspects of attentional control, explaining individual differences in learning. Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Developmental Psychology

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Roderer, Thomas, Krebs, Saskia, Schmid, Corinne, Roebers, Claudia


100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology








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