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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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The ART theoretical framework explains the restorative effects of nature on people's interactions and mental well-being, suggesting that exposure to the natural environment helps maintain or restore the capacity for higher-order cognitive functioning and information processing (i.e., selective attention, problem solving, memory), particularly when one is attentionally fatigued (Kaplan and Kaplan 1989).
People with stroke seem to differentially prioritize motor and cognitive tasks in the two different challenging walking environments, related to an apparent difference in the consequence of failed adaptive walking as well as differences in the time pressure under which step adjustments are needed to be made and the amount of clutter, placing different demands on attentionally costly walking adaptations and task switching.
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., 1992; Guillot et al., 2004).
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.
(9) However, we depart from the literature in assuming that this strategy is attentionally costly, with cost c subtracting from the final expected utility of the chosen option.
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'.