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Influence of Questions on the Allocation of Attention During Reading
Journal of Educational Psychology (1982)
  • Ralph E. Reynolds, University of Northern Iowa
  • Richard C. Anderson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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.
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Ralph 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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