PSY270H1 Chapter 4: Ch4 Textbook Notes

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Attention, the ability to focus on specific stimuli or locations. Selective attention, the focusing of attention on one specific location, object, or message. Overt attention, the process of shifting attention from one place to another by moving the eyes. Covert attention, attention is shifted without moving the eyes. Divided attention, attending to two or more things at once. Can be overt, covert, or a combination of the two. Keeps us from perceiving whatever isn t being attended. Keeping some information out, letting some in for further processing. Different messages are presented to the two ears. Selective attention experiment, participants are instructed to pay attention to the message in one ear (attended message), repeating it out loud as they hear it and ignore the message in the other ear (unattended) The message stimulated auditory receptors within unattended ear but participants were unable to report the content of the message.

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