Encyclopedia of Psychopharmacology

2010 Edition
| Editors: Ian P. Stolerman

Sustained Attention

  • Andrea Bari
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-540-68706-1_437



Sustained attention is the capacity to maintain attention over time on repetitive tasks. It is the need for continuous allocation of processing resources that distinguishes vigilance from other forms of attention, such as divided or selective attention. In humans and other animals, under normal conditions, deficits in sustained attention emerge during “boring” and/or routine activities, especially in situations of low event rate.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrea Bari
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  1. 1.University of CambridgeDepartment of Experimental Psychology, Behavioural and Clinical Neuroscience InstituteCambridgeUK