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attention

Etymology: L, attendere, to stretch
the element of cognitive functioning in which the mental focus is maintained on a specific issue, object, or activity.

attention

(ă-ten′shŏn)
Direction of the consciousness to a person, thing, perception, or thought.

attention

The direction of some of the channels of sensory input to a restricted area of the environment. Since the number of possible sources of information in the environment is so great, attention, which selectively directs and concentrates awareness and controls input, is of the first importance. Attention is seldom continuous for long and is determined mainly by the degree of interest in the source of the information. Attention is closely related to effectiveness in memory storage. It is no accident that people with a wide range of strong interests tend to have well-stocked minds. Motivation, as towards learning or achieving qualification, is a less powerful stimulus to attention than interest. Fortunately, interest grows with knowledge. Attention can be objectively demonstrated by such methods as electro-encephalography or PET scanning, which show special activity in the parts of the brain most employed at the time.

attention,

n the element of cognitive functioning in which the mental focus is maintained on a specific issue, object, or activity. The length of time of such focus is called
attention span.

Patient discussion about attention

Q. what shall I do, he pays no attention if I try to get his attention to medicine by any other way? hi everyone….My 8 year old son with ADHD is improving well with his treatment, but it becomes very difficult for me to give him the medicine as he does not takes them and runs away with its bad taste…what shall I do, he pays no attention if I try to get his attention to medicine by any other way?

A. Hey Jennifer, there are some ways.…you can talk to your doctor for change of medicine with good flavor. You can try to give medicine with honey or sugar. Engage him in a television program of his choice and then try to feed him the medicine. You can lure him in exchange for something he loves. The best way is to explain him why he must have them & what benefit he will have and compare them with some lozenges and its bad effects like tooth decay by showing photos of decaying teeth. If it is a tablet, try to give him in liquid from by mixing the tablet in water. Good Luck!

Q. My 5 year old son is diagnosed with ADHD and he is more hyperactive than attention seeking. My 5 year old son is diagnosed with ADHD and he is more hyperactive than attention seeking. We are planning for alternative treatment now and then we would try for medicine. I've heard about increasing on Omega-3 -fish oil, but is there anything else out there that is safe enough to try?

A. Many are there, which I have tried for my son from 4 years. First and the foremost is the diet which I think you know. Behavioral and Cognitive therapies can be tried as it’s very effective. You can try a chiropractor and as well calming techniques. Try them……they are helpful.

Q. I wish to know the alarming signs in pregnancy that require immediate attention. I am pregnant and in my 2 week. As a precautionary measure, I wish to know the alarming signs in pregnancy that require immediate attention.

A. here are some major ones- Vaginal Bleeding, Cramping (in the second and third trimester, in the first it's normal to have slight cramps), Severe Headaches (long lasting headaches are one of the early signs of preeclampsia), Blurred Vision (another sign of preeclampsia),cannot feel the baby move after about week 16 to 20 pregnancy.

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Because the methodological parameters were kept constant in comparison to Experiments 1 and 2, and only the task was modified into a signal detection task, finally it can be concluded that--due to the modifications made to the traditional cueing approach in Experiments 1 and 2, but not the experimental conditions themselves--in the first two experiments, attentional cueing was not strong enough to affect decision-making performance in sport-specific situations.
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Dual task research paradigms are well researched in the neuropsychological literature and more recently in motor control research where they have been used to examine the attentional cost of balance and gait activities in young and old adults (Teasdale and Simoneau 2001); balance-impaired elders (Brauer et al 2002); fallers (Lundin-Olsson et al 1997); and selected patient populations, for example PD (Rochester et al 2004) and stroke (Haggard et al 2000).
In reviewing the available literature (5, 13, 23-26, 30), dual-task paradigms have been employed as a method for investigators to examine and gain insights into attentional demands of individuals.
Davidson's team studied a phenomenon known as the attentional blink.
Oprah's Book Club might be described as a social technology geared to biopolitically producing reading subjects and populations who solve a potential crisis of literary overproduction through their expanded attentional capacities (it is common knowledge that sales of books which make the Oprah list skyrocket).

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