Attention is a multidimensional construct referring to a variety of relationships between environmental stimuli or tasks and behavioral responses. Although it has enjoyed widespread investigation in both humans and animals, this was not always so. Much of our understanding of this complicated psychological construct comes from investigations and reviews of the literature published since 1960, although it received some consideration by earlier prominent psychologists such as James (1890) and Titchener (1924).


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  • Russell A. Barkley
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  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Massachusetts Medical CenterWorcesterUSA

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