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Cognitive BiologyEvolutionary and Developmental Perspectives on Mind, Brain, and Behavior$
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Luca Tommasi, Mary A. Peterson, and Lynn Nadel

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780262012935

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262012935.001.0001

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Evolutionary Biology of Limited Attention

Evolutionary Biology of Limited Attention

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(p.147) 8 Evolutionary Biology of Limited Attention
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Cognitive Biology
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Reuven Dukas

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262012935.003.0135

This chapter examines the evolutionary biology of limited attention, focusing on humans, monkeys and jays. Limited attention means that the brain can process information only at some finite rate. The chapter reviews evidence that supports the notion of limited attention and then describes how to allocate optimally limited attention in order to maximize fitness. It also discusses genetically based individual variation in attention, examines the evolution of attentional capacities, and suggests future prospects for research.

Keywords:   evolutionary biology, limited attention, fitness, attention, attentional capacities

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