Attention as Part of Cognitive Development: Definition & Process


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Let's say you are at a loud sports game leaning in to listen to your friend talk to you. What kind of attention are you using?

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1. If you are at an all-day conference, what kind of attention must you use to follow along?

2. How does the attention span of a person change throughout his or her life?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet will help you quickly assess your knowledge of attention and how its duration changes throughout one's life. To pass the quiz, you must identify the correct type of attention when given an example or scenario.

Quiz and Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • The type of attention used when you are listening to a friend talk at a loud sports event
  • The type of attention used when attending an all-day conference
  • The ability to recognize another term for 'sustained attention'
  • How to estimate the attention span of a young child
  • The type of attention used when taking a quiz while watching a TV show

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will allow you to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information regarding the details of different types of attention
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about attention in a different light
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as selective attention and divided attention
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about how attention span changes between childhood and older adulthood

Additional Learning

To learn more about this topic, review the accompanying lesson called Attention as Part of Cognitive Development: Definition & Process. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define attention
  • Describe the types of attention
  • Provide examples of each type of attention
  • Discuss the effects of age on attention
  • Use examples to illustrate attention span at different ages