SELECTIVE ATTENTION

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Process whereby one pays attention only to messages that address a need or interest or are consistent with the individual's attitudes, opinions, and beliefs. Also known as: controlled attention; directed attention.

SELECTIVE ATTENTION: "Selective attention is practiced when a subject watches television and notices nothing else."
Cite this page: N., Sam M.S., "SELECTIVE ATTENTION," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 28, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/selective-attention/ (accessed June 27, 2022).

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