Forms of attention and attentional disorders

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Difficulties in attention or concentration are observed in many clinical syndromes. Cognitive studies of normal attention and neuropsychological studies of brain dysfunction indicate that attention reflects a variety of mechanisms. These processes include the startle response, the orienting response, selective attention, vigilance, and divided attention. Understanding the specific mechanisms involved in attention deficits or lapses may be helpful in planning and evaluating remediation programs and in altering patients' environments to compensate for specific attention deficits. In this article, forms of attention and disorders of attention are discussed, with emphasis on their importance to every day activities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)99-106
Number of pages8
JournalSeminars in Speech and Language
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 27 2002


  • Attention
  • Cognition
  • Language
  • Neuropsychology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology

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