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Attention Definition Attention is the cognitive process of selectively concentrating on one aspect of the environment while ignoring other things. Related Concepts: Alertness Concentration Selectivity Year 10 MYP Science
Divided Attention -the ability to divide our attentional processing between more than one task. Dual task experiments Get people to perform multiple tasks and look at the effects on performance Performance suffers, this shows limitations and nature of the human information-processing system Year 10 MYP Science
Attention while driving List all the things you may need to attend to while driving in a car. Describe 3 things that may enhance your focus while driving Year 10 MYP Science
Dual Task Performance Divided attention is difficult when: Tasks are similar Tasks are difficult When both tasks require conscious attention Divided attention is easier when: Tasks are dissimilar Tasks are simple When at least one of the tasks does not require conscious attention Tasks are practiced Year 10 MYP Science
Different Processes Some tasks are easier to perform than others and don’t seem to affect attention Especially tasks that are well practiced Other tasks are tedious and require our conscious attention (white line fever) Year 10 MYP Science
Cuing Attention Give people a cue where a target will appear in the visual field Manipulate the kind of cue Valid Cue Neutral Cue Invalid Cue How does cue affect performance? Year 10 MYP Science
Cues while driving Turn signals Road markings Road signs Cars Instruments Year 10 MYP Science
Major Concept The mind can strongly affect physical health and by understanding how we can influence our thought processes we can improve our physical and mental health.
Tasks in Positive Psychology Students apply the scientific method to psychology investigations. critically analyse a survey construct their own survey. take a survey to determine their Personal Character Virtues. write a gratitude letter. examine unhelpful thinking styles.
Practical Looks at how deep breathing can decrease stress levels.