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Attention, Evolutionary Perspectives

  • By: Robert Ward
  • In: Encyclopedia of the Mind
  • Edited by: Harold Pashler
  • Subject:Linguistics (general), Cognitive Psychology (general)

Nervous systems are limited in their capacity to analyze and respond to the environment. Thus, sensory and motor capacities must be deployed selectively, in line with the organism's behavioral goals. The term selective attention refers to the selective allocation of limited ...