DOWNWARD DRIFT HYPOTHESIS, DRIFTING ATTENTION By N., Pam M.S. - April 7, 2013 A disorder where attention is a short span of time but a person then drifts back to a somnolent state. See wandering attention. DOWNWARD DRIFT HYPOTHESIS, DRIFTING ATTENTION: "Joe suffered from drifting attention as stated in the downward drift hypothesis." Related Psychology Terms DELIRIUM FREEDOM FROM DISTRACTIBILITY INDEX FOCAL ATTENTION ACUTE DELIRIUM RESIDUAL ATTENTION-DEFICIT DISORDER FREE-FLOATING ATTENTION MINIMAL BRAIN DAMAGE (MBI)I 1 ATTENTION BREADTH-FIRST SEARCH AUDITORY MEMORY SPAN Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "DOWNWARD DRIFT HYPOTHESIS, DRIFTING ATTENTION," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/downward-drift-hypothesis-drifting-attention/ (accessed October 19, 2019).