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It is clear that the capacity and control of attention are related, but it is not clear why. It could be that the capacity of the focus of attention differs among individuals and that that capacity influences how well attention can be controlled. Alternatively, it could be that the ability to control attention influences how well the scope of attention can be adjusted to suit the needs of a particular task. A third possibility is that the capacity of attention and the control of attention are fully separable processes, but that they covary for neurobiological reasons (just as the arms and legs are separate modules, but covary in length).
Second, because people easily seem to notice an abrupt change in an unattended spoken message from one voice to another (Cherry, 1953), it does not seem possible that information in unattended channels, after entering sensory memory, is simply thrown away entirely. It must be available for comparison with recent stimulation. Working Memory and Long-term Memory It is not clear where the term working memory came from, but it was used already in an important, forward-looking book by Miller, Galanter, and Pribram (1960), Plans and the structure of behavior.
Used a “counting span” procedure that was described originally in an oral presentation by Case, Kurland, and Daneman (1979). In that procedure, each card in a set contained an array of colored dots to be counted. After several cards were presented, the sums of all of the cards had to be repeated. The number of cards that could be counted with correct recall of the sums was taken as the counting span. Again, similar to the word-span study, counting span was found to be linearly related to a processing speed; this time, it was counting speed.