Definition of selective attention in English:

selective attention

Line breaks: se¦lect|ive at¦ten|tion

noun

[mass noun] Psychology
  • The capacity for or process of reacting to certain stimuli selectively when several occur simultaneously.
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    • To illustrate the use of confidence intervals in this context, consider a study in which different groups of subjects are assigned to different conditions in a study of selective attention involving Stroop stimuli.
    • This reconfiguration code could involve selective attention to the task-relevant stimulus set or memory for the relevant category associations.
    • One cognitive process that has shown that shift is selective attention, which is the ability of a person to focus on one stimulus while ignoring others.

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