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Type: Journal article
Title: Attention and Intelligence: A Factor Analytic Study
Author: Burns, N.
Nettelbeck, T.
McPherson, J.
Citation: Journal of Individual Differences, 2009; 30(1):44-57
Publisher: Hogrefe & Huber Publishers
Issue Date: 2009
ISSN: 1614-0001
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Nicholas R. Burns, Ted Nettelbeck, Jason McPherson
Abstract: Carroll (1993) found few factor-analytic studies that addressed attentional abilities. We reviewed and reanalyzed some of these studies and concluded that an exploratory approach to the study of the relationships between tests of attention and cognitive abilities was warranted. We sampled N = 147 adults from the general community and administered 17 tests of attention, including well-known neuropsychological tests along with tests drawn from the differential and experimental literatures on attention. We also administered 14 tests of cognitive ability designed to measure constructs described in Carroll’s taxonomy of intelligence, including a higher-order general ability factor. Regression of a general factor from the abilities battery onto a general factor from the attentional battery showed these two latent variables to be near identical (β = .98). Exploratory structural equation modeling, which allowed a model wherein the abilities part of the model was a confirmatory measurement model but the attention variables were modeled by three rotated exploratory factors, clarified this outcome. There were two sustained attention factors and one working-memory capacity factor with differential relationships with the latent abilities variables and with age. Results are discussed in the context of the network of processes that underlies a description of general cognitive ability at the psychological level, which includes mental speed, working memory, and sustained attention.
Keywords: intelligence
cognitive abilities, attention, processing speed, working memory
DOI: 10.1027/1614-0001.30.1.44
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