PSY 1010 Notes 9.13.13
Attention can have the focus of a spotlight or that of a laser.
o It’s a limited resource.
o It allows us to focus just on what’s important to focus on.
Vigilant Decrement: after about 15 mins of doing boring work our minds will start to
Circadian Rhythms: seasonal depression, and mating patterns. They’re rhythms based
around the changing seasons.
Selective Attention: being able to put your attention into one place and being able to
tune out a lot of the irrelevant stuff.
o Ex: cocktail party effect: you can tune out everyone else around you in that noisy
environment and focus on a particular conversation.
o Inattentional blindness: when you ignore things or tune things out without even
Ex: when you’re accused of only hearing the things that you want to hear.
Apparently this is what marriage is according to prof. shively.