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Why focusing on a visual task will make us deaf to our surroundings

“Examination of people’s ability to detect sounds during the visual demanding task also showed a higher rate of failures to detect sounds, even though the sounds were clearly audible and people did detect them when the visual task was easy.”

Visual perceptual load induces inattentional deafness

“A wealth of research has suggested that the extent to which focused attention on a task results in reduced perception of irrelevant information depends on the level of perceptual load in the task.”

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