Wolfe, Jeremy M. Visual Attention Laboratory, Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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Humans cannot process every stimulus that reaches their senses simultaneously, nor can they think about a great number of different problems and interests at the same time. Attention refers to a family of mental and neural tools that allow cognitive processing to be limited to a subset (sometimes a very small subset) of available stimuli, thoughts, and behaviors at any one time. Even though we talk about “attention” as if it were a single thing, the brain has a large number of different attentional processes. The discussion in this article will be restricted to visual attention, although it can be applied to other senses or thought processes.
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