ATTENTION SPAN By N., Pam M.S. - April 7, 2013 1. the length of time an individual can sustain attention to one task. 2. the amount of material retained during exposure to stimuli. ATTENTION SPAN: "The person's attention span was only 5 seconds- after this, he or she needed a break." Related Psychology Terms ATTENTION LEVEL ATTENTION LOAD MEASURE FOCAL ATTENTION APPREHENSION-SPAN TEST GORDON DIAGNOSTIC SYSTEM (GDS) ATTENTION OVERLOAD PRIMARY ATTENTION SELECTIVE ATTENTION ATTENTION ATTENTION-CONTROL TRAINING (ACT) Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "ATTENTION SPAN," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/attention-span/ (accessed September 22, 2019).