Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Divided Attention: Roxanne Canfield Cite Post #3

Despite the belief many hold that they can pay attention to two things at once, the fact of the matter is that we cannot efficiently. Our ability to divide attention is poor, as discussed in class, for when we attempt to focus on two things at once, the amount we actually process is limited. An example of the latter is linked below, in which two faces of celebrities will be presented at once and then change to another pair. Try it!

Upon focusing on the cross in the center of the photo, the details once noticed from each celebrity's face become blurred. Eventually, I perceived the faces to morph into alien-like faces with strange features, as the faces presented have some opposite features. When the faces are presented and one tries to pay attention to both simultaneously, I can infer that result is comical but revealing; there is simply too much information to be accurately processed. The implications of this concept are that we can pass stricter laws on cell phone use while operating a vehicle, as it is proven that attempting to focus on two things at once causes poor ability to process the appropriate amount of information from either task, resulting in worse driving. 

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