Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
| Editors: Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, John DeLuca, Bruce Caplan

Auditory Selective Attention Test

  • Elena PolejaevaEmail author
  • Adam J. Woods
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_9093

The Auditory Selective Attention Test (ASAT) was developed by Gopher and Kahneman in Israel and translated into English in 1976 by Mihal and Barrett. The primary focus of the ASAT within these studies, as well as much of the research that has followed, was to examine individual differences in selective attention as related to the operator’s driving and flight operation performance (Gopher and Kahneman 1971; Mihal and Barrett 1976). Selective auditory attention is often tested by a dichotic listening task such as the ASAT. Dichotic listening tasks require the examinee to focus in on relevant auditory information while ignoring irrelevant auditory information that is being presented. The most updated version of the ASAT was compiled by Arthur and Doverspike in 1993.

The ASAT is administered through an audio player where the examinee listens to the instructions as well as the entire test through headphones. The examinee is instructed to repeat the message they hear back to the examiner...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Clinical and Health PsychologyUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA
  2. 2.Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, College of Public Health and Health ProfessionsUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA
  3. 3.Center for Cognitive Aging and Memory, McKnight Brain InstituteUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA
  4. 4.Department of NeuroscienceUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA