The act or state of attending or heeding; the application of the mind to any object of sense, representation, or thought; notice; exclusive or special consideration; earnest consideration, thought, or regard; obedient or affectionate heed; the supposed power or faculty of attending.
Our cognitive ability to attend to one thing at a time, or all things all the time (Keegan, 2003). The former concerns focused attention, while the latter divided attention.
The study of how the brain selects which sensory stimuli to discard and which to pass along to higher levels of processing. go to glossary index