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The Confluence of Sound and Cognition: Studies of Auditory Distraction

Collection launched: 07 Aug 2018

This collection addresses emerging themes in auditory distraction research and how it informs cognitive theory at the intersections between perception, attention, memory, reasoning and action. There is good, though not universal, agreement that there are two broad mechanisms of auditory distraction: distraction caused by interference between the passive processing of sound and the processes involved in the prevailing cognitive activity, and distraction caused due to the sound diverting attention from the focal task. This distinction is leading to a range of new questions addressed in this special collection: whether some auditory distraction effects are more open to top-down voluntary control or metacognitive influences than others (Ball et al.; Roer et al.); whether attentional diversion disrupts explicit cognitive processes but not implicit ones (Vachon et al.); whether distraction habituates and as a function of task-difficulty (Potter et al.); and whether there are developmental changes in susceptibility to different types of auditory distraction and, if so, what this can tell us about cognitive development (Joseph et al.). Additional contributions examine differences between distraction observed in auditory-visual Stroop compared to classic Stroop tasks (Lufti-Proctor et al.) or address the veracity of executive attention-based and temporary-binding approaches to working memory capacity (Tehan et al.).

Guest Editors:John Marsh & Rob Hughes