Selective Attention example
Posted On August 7, 2021
There’s a big difference between attentional blinking and selective attention.
Both of these examples focus on something that is already known to us, but only selectively.
Inattentive attention is about the process of looking around a room.
When we’re not looking at something, we’re looking for the right moment to get a glimpse of something else.
We’ll blink in the right place, but we’ll not be selective about it.
Here are two examples of attentional and selective blink: Attentional blink – Attentional blinking is a process of taking in and applying information to a situation.
The process is the same as selective attention: looking at an image or a text and focusing on the details, not the whole picture.
This example focuses on the attentional process.
Selective attention – This example has attentional differences: selective attention is the process where we focus on the content of a situation, but are not selective about the details.
This is an example of attention-specific blink.
Both are focused on the same information: the content, not necessarily the details of that information.
When you’re looking at a subject, you are taking in information about the subject and giving it attention, while selective attention will focus on what’s happening on the subject rather than the information itself.
Selectivity is the opposite: it’s the process by which you concentrate on the information, not on the things around you.
In this example, the focus is on the image of a flower, which we’re interested in, and selective focus is what we’re focusing on: the flower itself.
You can also think of attention in the context of a video.
If we watch a video, we’ll focus on one aspect of the video at a time.
When a video is on, you can’t see a whole scene, but when the video is off, you’ll see a few parts of the scene.
This will be an example where selective attention can be applied: the video will show us a flower with a red flower on it, but you won’t see it in a whole picture, so we’ll be selective.
You could also use selective attention to focus on a few bits of information at a point.
We’re interested only in the red flower.
This would be an instance where we’re selective about what we focus our attention on.
For example, we could say: Look at the red flowers, focus on that one, and that will give us selective attention, because it’s only the red part of the flower.
But in a video where there are many red flowers and you’re focused on only a few of them, you could have selective attention applied.
So it’s not just about looking at things in a certain way, it’s about applying selective attention across the whole situation.