ATTENTIONAL NARROWING

the restricting of attention in high-stress situations to a small set of critical displays. If critical information occurs outside this display performance will suffer- that is, in response to the gravity of the situation, omissions of task-relevant information can occur - for example, when driving to the hospital for a medical emergency, the driver may focus attention on the road ahead and thus neglect events at the side of the road, such as a pedestrian entering a crosswalk.

ATTENTIONAL NARROWING: "Attentional narrowing refers to the narrow band of information a person is currently processing, to the neglect of other information."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "ATTENTIONAL NARROWING," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/attentional-narrowing/ (accessed October 25, 2020).
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