Ess 3318 Concentration 11

Ess 3318 Concentration 11 - Concentration & Attention...

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Concentration & Attention Control
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Concentration What is concentration? Types of attentional focus Attentional Strategies Explaining the Attention-Performance Relationship Choking Under Pressure An Attentional Issue
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Concentration/attentional focus is … … “the ability to focus [not force] one’s attention on the task at hand and thereby not be disturbed or affected by irrelevant external and internal stimuli” ( Schmid et al., 2001, p. 333)
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Concentration/focus is… (William James, 1890) Everyone knows what attention is. It is taking possession by the mind, in clear and vivid form, of one out of what seems several simultaneously possible objects or trains of thought. Focalization, concentration of consciousness are the essence. It implies withdrawal from some things in order to deal effectively with others.
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Concentration involves 4 components… … knowing what to focus on & what to ignore (i.e. selective awareness) Shifting attentional focus (different types of attentional focus width & direction) e.g.?
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