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RECENT PUBLICATION PRESENTATION ABSTRACTSContact David Washburn for reprints and related publications Supported by grants from NASA NICHD ARI ARO ONR USAF Washburn D A Putney R T 1999 June Attention Profiles of Working Memory Paper at the meeting of the American Psychological Society Although each construct has its own literature phenomena and theories it is widely recognized that attention and working memory are integrally related Individual differences in serial probe recognition performance were profiled across basic dimensions of attention Good working memory tended to be associated with good concentration scanning and attention-control skills Washburn D A Putney R T 1999 April Individual Differences in Time Estimation and Concentration Paper at the meeting of the Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology There are numerous reasons to believe that the ability to estimate the passage of time may provide a useful and interesting cognitive measure In the present study we examined individual differences in time estimation and their relation to measures of attention learning memory and executive function Air Force recruits n 141 were tested on a battery of 20 tasks designed to assess skills and weaknesses across dimensions of attention and executive function This battery included tests of simple and choice response time working memory with and without concurrent tracking set-switching and task-switching visual search comparison and cue utilization Additionally the battery contained computerized versions of several popular assessment tools such as the Stroop task Trails-A and Trails-B the Cancellation Test and a continuous performance task Finally several standardized questionnaires were administered as part of the battery the Boredom Proneness Scale the Cognitive Failures Questionnaire and the NASA Task Load Index Each task was administered on a computer screen and participants responded my moving and clicking a mouse On two occasions during administration of this battery of automated tasks the recruits were asked to estimate the amount of time that had elapsed since the beginning of the test session They were instructed
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