The Effects of Task Load and Change Elements on Change Blindness


  • Amanda Volkamer Elmhurst College
  • Kathy Sexton-Radek Elmhurst College



cognitive psychology, change theory


The experiment discussed in this paper looks at effects of high and low task loads on detecting change in three conditions; the Control, Change, and Inverse.  We wanted to look at how detection of a change may be impacted by the kind of change occurring and the task load.  Our first hypothesis predicts that the high-load task will result in more misidentification of the target element than the low-load task.  Our other hypothesis predicts the Inverse condition will result in more correctly identified target elements than the Change condition.  Our results did not support our first hypothesis of the task load as there were no main effects in Load in the first two datasets.  Our second hypothesis was not supported and the results showed that the inverse condition was misidentified more so than the Change condition.


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Author Biographies

Amanda Volkamer, Elmhurst College

Student, Psychology Major

Kathy Sexton-Radek, Elmhurst College

Faculty Sponsor to Amanda Volker

Professor, Psychology Department, Elmhurst College

Elmhurst, IL

[email protected]



How to Cite

Volkamer, A., & Sexton-Radek, K. (2017). The Effects of Task Load and Change Elements on Change Blindness. Journal of Student Research, 6(2).



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