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moving the focus of attention from one thing to another - for example, from the cat to the dog. Shifts may be intentional or may be caused automatically by the abrupt onset of a stimulus - for example, a fire.

ATTENTION SHIFTING: "A person felt his attention shifting from one sibling to another as he or she considered who had eaten the candy."

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