Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. All rights reserved.
Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology
How to Cite
Lamy, D. 2010. Selective Attention. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.
- Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
More information reaches our senses than our brains can fully process at a given moment in time. This limited capacity of our perceptual systems accounts for the difficulty we encounter when trying to monitor several sources of information at the same time, yet it is important for coherent behavior because it prevents different sources of information from eliciting incompatible courses of action. Attention refers to the mechanisms that implement the selection of sensory information that will reach short-term memory and awareness and that will participate in the control of behavior. Because the visual system is the best understood sensory modality, most investigations of attention (whether in the behavioral, neuroscience, or clinical domains) have been concerned with visual attention.
- selective attention;
- stimulus-driven attention;
- goal-directed attention;
- binding problem