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Unformatted text preview: PSY 360 Cognitive Psychology University of Phoenix Material ATTENTION WORKSHEET Using the text, Cognition: The Thinking Animal , the University Library, the Internet, and/or other resources, answer the following questions. Your response to each question should be at least 150 words in length. How do you define the concept of attention? Willingham (2007) used “mental fuel” as a metaphor to what attention is. I think this is a good comparison. Attention is a cognitive process that leads to the encoding and storing of information into memory. Attention is focusing the mind on a certain object, event, or feeling. The amount of focus can differ depending on how relevant or important the stimulus is, and if the individual is trying to multi-task. Attention has much to do with the individual person and if the environmental stimulus is important, relevant, or significant. A person’s mind can quickly reduce the situation in their mind to what they need to focus on. This kind of attention is automatic can quickly reduce the situation in their mind to what they need to focus on....
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This note was uploaded on 05/26/2010 for the course PSY 360 taught by Professor Willis during the Winter '09 term at University of Phoenix.
- Winter '09
- Cognitive Psychology