Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
| Editors: Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, John DeLuca, Bruce Caplan

Attention Training

  • McKay Moore SohlbergEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_1080


Attention process training; Direct attention training; Process training


Attention training is based on the premise that attentional abilities can be improved by activating particular aspects of attention through a stimulus drill approach. The repeated stimulation of attentional systems via graded attention exercises is hypothesized to facilitate changes in attentional functioning. Most attention training programs assume that aspects of cognition can be isolated and discretely targeted with training exercises.

Current Knowledge

The aspects of attention that are trained vary widely among interventions and frequently depend upon a theoretical model of attention. Attention models, regardless of their operational framework, appear to include functions related to sustaining attention over time (vigilance), capacity for information, shifting attention, speed of processing, and screening out distractions. Some attention efficacy studies evaluate attention interventions that...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Communication Disorders and SciencesUniversity of OregonEugeneUSA