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When multiple external sensory inputs are present, the process of dedicating cognitive and perceptual resources to one type/set of input and attenuating receptiveness to other inputs.


controlled attention, directed attention

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Asserted relationships to other concepts

selective attention
is a kind of

  • attention
  • selective attention
    is a part of

  • selective control
  • are a kind of
    selective attention

  • spatial selective attention
  • are a part of
    selective attention

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    Tasks that are asserted to measure selective attention

    Task Contrast Measure

    audio-visual target detection task
    • accuracy without distractors minus accuracy with distractors

    visual pursuit/tracking
    • path of eye movements


    Neural mechanisms of selective visual attention.
    Desimone R, Duncan J
    Annual review of neuroscience (Annu Rev Neurosci)