Attention and perception

15 Jun 2021

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Attention and perception

  1. Attention and perception Mr. Sushil Humane MSN, RN
  2. Attention Mr. Sushil Humane MSN, RN
  3. Concept • Attention, in psychology, the concentration of awareness on some phenomenon to the exclusion of other stimuli. • Attention determined the content of consciousness and influenced the quality of conscious experience • Attention has to do with the immediate experience of the individual; it is a state of current awareness.
  4. Definition • William James, attention "is the taking possession by the mind, in clear and vivid form, of one out of what may seem several simultaneously possible objects or trains of thought. …It implies withdrawal from some things in order to deal effectively with others."—"The Principles of Psychology," 1890
  5. Types of attention Voluntary attention Involuntary attention
  6. Voluntary attention • Requires conscious effort on the part of the person. • Eg: problem solving, answering in the examination. • Furthur types 1. Implicit volitional attention 2. Explicit volitional attention
  7. Implicit volitional attention • Implicit volitional attention • A single act of will is responsible for arousing attention. • Eg home work given by teacher and the fear of punishment arouse attention in the student to complete the given tasks.
  8. Explicit volitional attention • Attention is obtained by repeated acts of will. • One has to struggle hard for keeping oneself requires strong will power and motivation to keep the attention focused. • Eg: during the preparatory days of the examiantion.
  9. Involuntary attention • This type of attention is aroused without the conscious effort . • Eg: bright lights, loud noise and strong odours, pain etc. • This type of attention can be aroused by instincts called enforced non volitional attention. • Attention given due to preformed sentiments , to people objects and things.
  10. Uses • It provides strength and ability to continue the task despite the obstacles present in the environment. • Helps in better organization of the perceptual field for maximum clarity and understanding. • It helps by providing the deeper concentration by focusing ones consciousness upon required object or idea. • Helps in bringing mental alertness and preparedness.
  11. Methods for arousing attention
  12. External factors Nature of the stimuli: • The attributes of the stmuli are more likely to arouse attention and allow concentration • Shape , color , beauty, odditiy, • Picutres are more likely to attract attention than that of the text.
  13. External factors Intensity of the stimuli: • The strength of the stimuli determines the attention it receives • Like a loudness of sound, the brightness of colors etc.
  14. External factors Size of the stimulus : • General rule is that the bigger the stimuli the more attention it attracts and if the item or object is unlikely in an environment then that is also more likely attract attention.
  15. External factors Contrast of the stimuli: • Change and contrast usually attract more of attention, we do not notice the ticking of the watch usually but when it stops we notice it • Novelty or newness attracts attention.
  16. External factors Location of the stimulus : • The area where the stimulus s located is also important for attracting the attention as • advertisements on the upper-half or on the front page attracts more attention than being located elsewhere.
  17. External factors Repetition of the stimulus : • A repeated stimulus attracts our attention. • A mis-spelt word in the same paragraph for more than 2 times tends to get noticed more often. • But the excessive repetition of the stimulus can also diminish the attention. • Eg: people working in a factory with loud noise become adjusted to that environment.
  18. External factors Motion of the object: • The moving stimulus attracts more attention than the stagnant one.
  19. External factors Definite form of the object: • A sharply defined object attracts more attention than a vaguely defined object.
  20. External factors Isolation of the stimulus: • Isolation is an important determinant of the attention. A black dot in a middle of a white page attracts more attention than , a dot in a written page.
  21. Internal Factors Interest and attention: • Interest is a very helpful factor in securing attention. • People tend to pay more attention to the items and ideas which they are more interested.
  22. Internal Factors Motives : • The basic drives and urges of the individual are more important in securing his attention. • Hunger , thirst , curiosity and sex are some motives.
  23. Internal Factors Mental set up: • A person always attends to one subject which the mind has a set. • During exam any talk about it attracts the attention.
  24. Internal Factors Past experience : • Learning and previous experience facilitate attention. • If we find that certain thing has been beneficial in the past we give more attention to it in the present.
  25. Internal Factors Emotion • The emotional state of the individual determines the attention the person will put to any certain stimuli.
  26. Internal Factors Habits: • Habit is also an important determinant of attention. • A person develops a habit of attending to important things and a habit of not attending to the unimportant things.
  27. Duration of Attention Span of attention • The maximum amount of attention that can be attended in period of the is called span of attention.
  28. Visual attention • The visual attention span is very less the time of exposure is very short ranging from 1/100 to 1/5 of a second. • The mind can attend to only 4 or 5 separate units if the items are not grouped together. • But if the items are combined into meaningful wholes, for instance words, a large number of items can be perceived at once.
  29. Span of auditory attention • The number of auditory, impressions perceived at a single instance is slightly greater. • An adult can perceive eight sounds given rapidly in succession . But when sounds are given a rhythm, a much larger number of sounds can be perceived.
  30. Duration of Attention • It referrers to how long one can attend to an object without a break. • The duration of attention depends upon the nature of the stimulus and the interest of the observer.
  31. Sustained attention (concentration) • To sustain attention is to concentrate ones activities continuously upon one subject. • The individual attention always remains on track and activity proceeds without any serious distractions.
  32. Perception Mr. Sushil Humane MSN, RN
  33. Introduction • “Perception refers to the interpretation of what we take in through our senses. “ • perception is the process by which people select, organize and interpret information to form a meaningful picture
  34. Principles of perception Figure-ground relationship
  35. Principle of closure
  36. Principle of grouping
  37. Principle of simplicity
  38. Principle of contour
  39. Principle of context • An examiner may award higher marks to the same answer book in a pleasant context than in an unpleasant one
  40. Principle of contrast
  41. Principle of adaptablity • An individual who adapt himself to work before an intense bright light will perceive normal sunlight as quite dim.
  42. Factors affecting perception
  43. Errors in perception Illusion
  44. Hallucination