Temporal Constraints on Attention

  • Ronald A. Cohen
Part of the Critical Issues in Neuropsychology book series (CINP)


Attention is temporally distributed. The inability of humans to perform optimally at all times is often an indication of attentional variation. Momentary performance variations are commonly labeled as lapses in attention. The construct of attention would be unnecessary if humans performed optimally at all times, by always selecting the most relevant information from the environment. The temporal inconsistency of behavioral performance is a core feature of attention.


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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ronald A. Cohen
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  1. 1.University of Massachusetts Medical SchoolWorcesterUSA

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