Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Identifier

3

Date

2010

Date of Award

3-24-2010

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science

Major

Psychology

Concentration

Cognitive Science

Committee Chair

Rick Dale

Committee Member

Art Graesser

Committee Member

Beth Meisinger

Abstract

In the present studies a coordination dynamics perspective is taken to explore the interplay of perception and action in a continuous dual-task paradigm. Two experiments will be conducted using an action-dynamics methodology, through tracking response trajectories with the Nintendo Wii remote, which allows for analysis of how a response unfolds over time. The real-time data (i.e., the response trajectories) are expected to reflect an intriguing pattern of cognitive competition as attention adapts to trial context. The purpose of this work is twofold: a) exploring whether attention/cognitive control is best characterized in terms of its structural limitations (i.e., bottleneck) or its flexible, dynamic properties and, b) investigate if any patterns emerge in the response trajectories that may be indicative of the cognitive system adjusting to conform to the unique combination of experimental parameters.

Comments

Data is provided by the student.

Library Comment

dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.

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