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Focused attention

Attention is the behavioral and cognitive process of selectively concentrating on a discrete aspect of information, whether deemed subjective or objective, while ignoring other perceivable information. Attention has also been referred to as the allocation of limited processing resources.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref>

Attention remains a major area of investigation within education, psychology, neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience, and neuropsychology. Areas of active investigation involve determining the source of the sensory cues and signals that generate attention, the effects of these sensory cues and signals on the tuning properties of sensory neurons, and the relationship between attention and other behavioral and cognitive processes like working memory and vigilance. A relatively new body of research, which expands upon earlier research within neuropsychology, is investigating the diagnostic symptoms associated with traumatic brain injuries and their effects on attention. Attention also varies across cultures.<ref name="Chavajay 1999 1079–1090">{{#invoke:Citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=journal }}</ref>

The relationships between attention and consciousness are complex enough that they have warranted perennial philosophical exploration. Such exploration is both ancient and continually relevant, as it can have effects in fields ranging from mental health and the study of disorders of consciousness to artificial intelligence and its domains of research and development.

Attention sections
Intro  Contemporary definition and research  Selective attention and visual attention  Neuropsychological model   Multitasking and divided attention   Simultaneous Attention  Alternative topics and discussions  History of the study of attention  See also  References  Sources  Further reading  

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