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Effortless AttentionA New Perspective in the Cognitive Science of Attention and Action$
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Brian Bruya

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262013840

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262013840.001.0001

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Effortful Attention Control

Effortful Attention Control

(p.29) 1 Effortful Attention Control
Effortless Attention

Brandon J. Schmeichel

Roy F. Baumeister

The MIT Press

This chapter focuses on those events or situations in which individuals need to make concerted efforts to remain attentive or focused on certain tasks or activities. Activities such as driving and other diverse kinds of professional tasks require specific attention from individuals without any distractions. Depending on the activities, individuals engaged in tasks requiring efforts or complete attention can urge complete focus on such efforts without getting distracted by attention-grabbing incidents. These attention control efforts can also have significant psychological impact on the individuals engaged in tasks requiring effortful attention. While the authors argue that attention control temporarily reduces the ability of self-control, attention control is also considered to be an important form of self-control as it contributes to regulate other attention controlling efforts.

Keywords:   concerted efforts, professional tasks, distractions, attention control, psychological impact

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