Psych notes September 24 chapter 6

Psych notes September 24 chapter 6 - Psych notes September...

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Psych notes September 24 chapter 5 and 6 Attention Process of directing and focusing certain psychological resources to enhance perception, performance, and mental experience We use attention to: o Direct our sensory and perceptual systems toward certain stimuli o Select specific information for further processing o Allocate the mental energy required to do that processing o Regulate the flow of resources necessary for performing a task or coordinating several tasks at once Characteristics of attention: Attention improves mental processing Attention takes effort Attention is limited Attention cont 1. We use attention to a. Direct our sensory and perceptual systems toward certain stimuli b. Select specific information for further processing c. Allocate the mental energy required to do that processing d. Regulate the flow of resources necessary for performing a task or coordinating several tasks at once 2. Characteristics of attention a. Attention improves mental processing b. Attention takes effort c. Attention is limited 3. Controlling ATTENTION a. Voluntary, or goal-directed attention control occurs when one purposely focuses attention in order to perform a task i. Reflects top-down processing b. Involuntary attention control occurs when some aspect of the environment diverts one’s attention i. Reflects bottom-up of stimulus driven processing 4. Consciousness a. What is consciousness? i.
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