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a. The act of close or careful observing or listening: You'll learn more if you pay attention in class.
b. The ability or power to keep the mind on something; the ability to concentrate: We turned our attention to the poem's last stanza.
c. Notice or observation: The billboard caught our attention.
2. The act of dealing with something or someone; treatment: This injury requires immediate medical attention.
3. attentions
a. Acts of interest or interference: "men who wanted ... freedom from censorship and the attentions of the police" (John Kenneth Galbraith).
b. Acts of consideration or courtesy, especially in an effort to win someone's affection or gain sexual favors: "She was almost giddy with disbelief at the unexpected attentions of a handsome, well-spoken, obviously professional man" (Rob Kantner).
4. A military posture, with the body erect, eyes to the front, arms at the sides, and heels together.
Used as a command to assume an erect military posture.

[Middle English attencioun, from Latin attentiō, attentiōn-, from attentus, past participle of attendere, to heed; see attend.]

at·ten′tion·al adj.


of or relating to attention
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Adj.1.attentional - of or relating to attention
psychological science, psychology - the science of mental life
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Accordingly, other studies have demonstrated that similar autonomic responses in an attentionally engaging task (shooting events) occur during real and imagined attempts (Deschaumes-Molinaro et al.
Pieces of text are non-obtrusive (by themselves, they don't force me to read, even as advertising experts try hard to attract my attention); most pieces of text are ignored by most people most of the time, and yet if I decide to read them, texts can be attentionally demanding, sometimes requiring significant effort, depending on their length and complexity.
Ultimately, they concluded that postural control is attentionally demanding and this demand increases with the complexity of the postural task being performed.
These results do not support those obtained by Ruz and Lupianez (2010) and Pacheco and others (2009), since the elements captured attentionally have no effect on the subsequent conduct of the subject, and support those found by Ananos (2011a) with young people.
Due to the seemingly attentionally demanding nature of the IRAP, this theory may offer a possible reason for the high attrition rates in [RAP research.
Greenwald and Banaji assert that some strong effects of attitude can occur when the actor is not attentionally focused on the attitude.
The third is a striking occurrence in which people fail to notice stimuli appearing in front of their eyes when they are preoccupied with an attentionally demanding task, as demonstrated in an experiment in which observers fail to notice a gorilla walking in front of a group of basketball players when they are focused on counting how many times a basketball is passed.
177) Brushing against the theme of objects, Metzinger adds that things are real for us 'if and only if earlier processing stages of this representation are attentionally unavailable to us'.
The ability to walk with little or no impairment of performance (termed interference) while conducting an attentionally demanding concurrent task reflects gait automaticity.
Walking is more attentionally demanding, for example, than sitting or quiet stance (12).
Individuals can miss obvious signals during attentionally demanding working memory tasks, according to studies by Arien Mack and Irwin Rock, as well as another by Daniel J.