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Development of a computer-based visual attention training and investigation of its effectiveness in healthy adolescents

Lea Alič & Anja Podlesek

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Abstract: Visual attention, an important cognitive function that helps select relevant information in the visual scene and fi lter out irrelevant information, can be trained and improved. We developed computer-based training of focused and distributed attention and of switching between global and local information processing and tested its eff ectiveness in healthy adolescents. In the experimental group (n = 11), training lasted 6 weeks, with three 20-min sessions per week. After each training session, participants received feedback on their performance and were able to track their progress. The control group (n = 10) received no intervention during this time. To test the eff ects of training, participants in both groups completed various cognitive tasks before and after training that shared features with the trained tasks to varying degrees. Compared to the control group, the experimental group showed greater improvements in reaction times on the selective attention and global-local processing tasks, while no consistent training eff ects were found on the other cognitive tests used. Thus, the results showed that the developed training can improve selected aspects of visual attention, but in line with most fi ndings on cognitive training in the literature, the eff ect is limited to improved performance on tasks that are very similar to the trained tasks.

Keywords: computer-based cognitive training, focused attention, distributed attention, global-local processing, transfer

Alič, L., & Podlesek, A. (2021). Razvoj računalniškega treninga vidne pozornosti in preverjanje njegove učinkovitosti pri zdravih mladostnikih [Development of a computer-based visual attention training and investigation of its effectiveness in healthy adolescents]. Psihološka obzorja, 30, 112–128.

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