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Prior to completing this assignment, please read Chapter 3 carefully. View the video The Study of Attention (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site., and review the article “Driven to Distraction: Dual-Task Studies of Simulated Driving and Conversing on a Cellular Telephone.” Then complete the following experiments:

Attention in its different forms (e.g., selective attention, divided attention, etc.) and perception are both essential aspects of cognition. The goal of this assignment is to introduce you to the topics of attention and perception and the procedures used to study them. Keep in mind that each experiment illustrates a procedure or task that is used by scientists to understand attention and/or perception.

Your paper must begin with an introduction to the topic and must address the four bullet points below. In your paper,

  • Reflect on your experience as the subject in the experiments—did your performance surprise you? Why or why not?
  • Describe what your performance on the selected task tells you about attention and perception.
  • Describe the extent to which the results of each experiment or procedure apply to real-life experiences and settings. Support your points with evidence from at least one peer-reviewed research article.

The Attention and Perception Paper

  • Must be two to three double-spaced pages in length (not including title and references pages) and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site..
  • Must include a separate title page with the following:
    • Title of paper
    • Student’s name
    • Course name and number
    • Instructor’s name
    • Date submitted
  • Must use at least one peer-reviewed source in addition to the course text.
    • The Scholarly, Peer Reviewed, and Other Credible SourcesPreview the document table offers additional guidance on appropriate source types. If you have questions about whether a specific source is appropriate for this assignment, please contact your instructor. Your instructor has the final say about the appropriateness of a specific source for a particular assignment.
  • Must document all sources in APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  • Must include a separate references page that is formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.

Carefully review the Grading Rubric (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.

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This is what I send you and what we have to do.

Hi Guys,

Okay… I have been e-mailing back and forth with my course lead and my department head since last night, and yes, there is something very wrong with the links in the directions for assignment one. You SHOULD be able to link to experiments with attention and perception, the Stroop Effect, etc. This was supposed to be fixed several weeks ago but was not, and I, along with many other people, are very frustrated over this, as I’m sure you are.

But–as they say in show biz, the show must go on! 

So… here’s what we’re going to do: You are going to Google “attention and perception exercises.” There are many, many online. Choose three or four (take your pick) and do them. Then follow the instructions for your paper and write it just as you would have, carefully following the instructions and reading the rubric in its entirety! It will take you probably a grand total of 10 minutes longer than it would have otherwise.

AND… the best part… I’m backing up the due date to Thursday at midnight to turn this in since we lost so much time with the debacle with the links in the assignment prompt. That should make you very happy! Of course, if you can get it done sooner, that’s fine! 🙂

I’m a reasonable person, and I think this is certainly a reasonable solution. I do apologize for all the confusion over the problem with the links. These things happen, though, and we have effectively resolved the problem. In the meantime, the tech team is working on it so that we won’t have this problem in future offerings of the course.

Have a great rest-of-your-weekend!

Dr. Gray

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