a psychological condition that results from excessive demands on attention - usually due to too much stimuli. The effect is temporary depletion of available attention and a resulting inability to cope with any more tasks that demand attention. Attention overload can occur in work tasks, such as supervising the activity of commercial aircraft in an airport control tower. In resource models of attention, for example, the unitary resource model, overload refers to situations whereby the demand for attentional resources exceeds the supply. See also information overload.
ATTENTION OVERLOAD: "A person was asked to remember a phone message while typing a letter as fast as possible- which resulted in attention overload."