Influence of Questions on the Allocation of Attention During ReadingJournal of Educational Psychology (1982)
Readers were asked a question of a certain type after every four pages of a 48- page oceanography text. Text information relevant to questions was learned better than text information irrelevant to questions. Furthermore, reading times and probe reaction times on a secondary task were longer when subjects were processing text segments containing information of the type addressed by questions. These results are predicted by a theory that readers selectively allocate a greater volume of attention to question-relevant information, and that a process supported by the additional attention causes more of the information to be learned.
Citation InformationRalph E. Reynolds and Richard C. Anderson. "Influence of Questions on the Allocation of Attention During Reading" Journal of Educational Psychology Vol. 74 Iss. 5 (1982) p. 623 - 633
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