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Focus of Attention is a psychological term used mostly in perceptual psychology and also in cognitive psychology, referring to the mind's ability to direct its inner awareness upon a particular target.

Historically the term is found in ancient meditation writings and methods by such yoga masters as Patanjali in India in the first century AD, and in Budddhist meditation writings of the same general historic period. In the history of psychology much research was conducted to determine how the brain employs focused attention as a perceptual function.

Cognitive science also explored how the mind focuses on ideas and inner mental activities.

In most therapy methods, much attention is paid to a client's focusing habits and attention fixations. Recently in business awareness management training, considerable effort has been put into business mind management methods for improving alertness, performance, and innovation.


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Attention
Aspects of attention
Absent-mindedness | Attentional control | Attention span | Attentional shift | Attention management | Attentional blink | Attentional bias | Attention economy | Attention and emotion | Attention optimization | Change blindness | Concentration |Dichotic listening | Directed attention fatigue | Distraction | Distractibility | Divided attention | Hyperfocus | Inattentional blindness | Mindfulness |Mind-wandering | Meditation | Salience | Selective attention | Selective inattention | Signal detection theory | Sustained attention | Vigilance | Visual search |
Developmental aspects of attention
centration | [[]] |
Neuroanatomy of attention
Attention versus memory in prefrontal cortex | Default mode network | Dorsal attention network | Medial geniculate nucleus | | Neural mechanisms | Ventral attention network | Intraparietal sulcus |
Neurochemistry of attention
Glutamatergic system  | [[]] |
Attention in clinical settings
ADHD | ADHD contoversy | ADD | AADD | Attention and aging | Attention restoration theory | Attention seeking | Attention training | Centering | Distractability | Hypervigilance | Hyperprosexia | Cognitive-shifting | Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy |
Attention in educational settings
Concentration |
Assessing attention
Benton | Continuous Performance Task | TOMM | Wechsler Memory Scale |
Treating attention problems
CBT | Psychotherapy |
Prominant workers in attention
Baddeley | Broadbent | [[]] | Treisman | Cave |
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