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visual attention

the process by which one item (the target) is selected for analysis from among several competing items (the distractors). See also feature-integration theory.

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June 19th 2024

hospitalism

hospitalism

n. in infants, lack of psychomotor response or failure to gain weight or produce purposeful behavior, often thought to be a response to separation from mothers and subsequent institutionalization. See also reactive attachment disorder.