Title

The Impact of Motivation on Selective Attention as Mediated by Consciousness of Goals

Presenter

Ian Becker

Abstract

Students are constantly asked to attend to work. Being able to selectively attend and ignore often interesting distractions is important for learning. Yet, little psychological research has explored factors that help students selectively attend. I propose that understanding differences in motivation is key to understanding selective attention. Motivation is a willingness to participate in an activity and may thus describe willingness to selectively attend. However, it is possible that motivation can help students in other ways as well. Differences in motivation may impact students’ ability to put aside other demands on cognitive resources, affecting selective attention in the moment. In my presentation, I explore the hypothesis that differences in motivation impacts selective attention, and that this relationship is mediated by consciousness of goals. My study has important implications for both educators and policy makers.

Faculty Sponsor

Erin Pahlke

Tracks

Motivating Influences

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Location

Maxey 104

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

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The Impact of Motivation on Selective Attention as Mediated by Consciousness of Goals

Maxey 104

Students are constantly asked to attend to work. Being able to selectively attend and ignore often interesting distractions is important for learning. Yet, little psychological research has explored factors that help students selectively attend. I propose that understanding differences in motivation is key to understanding selective attention. Motivation is a willingness to participate in an activity and may thus describe willingness to selectively attend. However, it is possible that motivation can help students in other ways as well. Differences in motivation may impact students’ ability to put aside other demands on cognitive resources, affecting selective attention in the moment. In my presentation, I explore the hypothesis that differences in motivation impacts selective attention, and that this relationship is mediated by consciousness of goals. My study has important implications for both educators and policy makers.

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