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Deliberation is consideration of the reasons for and against an action, issue, or measure. Deliberation may be carried out with attention and without attention. The notion of deliberation without attention brings to realization the notion of dual (or multiple types of) processing of information underlying and affecting acts of deliberating.

Much attention is directed to the notion of how individuals can better focus mentally on their decision problems and structure (formulate) their decision problems to better optimize the decisions they make. These issues become even more of a concern for individuals with declining brain function. A population whose members have a susceptibility to developing neurodegenerative diseases focuses public attention on the loss of the affected individuals' contribution to society and their increased dependence on societal resources ...

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