The Role of Attention in Perceptual Development


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Kayla has developed the ability to focus on one stimulus when presented with many stimuli. What type of attention does Kayla have?

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1. Ryan is able to shift attention back and forth between different tasks. He has _____ attention.

2. Which of the following is TRUE of focused attention?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet gauge your understanding of the role of attention in perceptual development. You will be quizzed on related attention concepts, such as selective, alternating, divided and sustained attention.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and quiz to review:

  • The ability to concentrate on a single stimulus among numerous stimuli
  • Facts related to sustained attention
  • The ability to direct and change attention between different tasks
  • Examples of divided attention
  • The definition of attention

Skills Practiced

  • Defining key concepts - verify that you can define relevant terms, such as attention, selective attention, alternating attention, divided attention and sustained attention
  • Making connections - use your understanding of the concept of divided attention to identify an example
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you understand the essential information from the related lesson on the role of attention in perceptual development

Additional Learning

To learn more about perceptual development, review the accompanying lesson called The Role of Attention in Perceptual Development. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Explore the growth of perception in children
  • Examine how the capacity for attention affects perceptual development
  • Understand the meaning of attention
  • Define the five categories of attention that influence the development of perception
  • Learn how perceptual learning is applied beyond decoding basic sensory input