American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The length of time during which a person can concentrate on a subject or idea.
- n. The length of time, or span that one can pay attention, or concentrate on one topic without becoming distracted.
- n. the length of time you can concentrate on some idea or activity
“Goody tried to fade back as the ogre's short attention span made him forget what had annoyed him.”
“short attention span short-term memory and attention controls breakdown points in extending the life of data in and long-term memory new data in rate of incoming data in recoding in rehearsal strategies in sequential space crunch in wrong information filed in siblings, comparisons of sight vocabulary significance detection sleep, and long-term memory sleep-arousal control sleep problems social behaviors social cognitive weakness social cues, interpretation of social initiation social language function social output”
“While the komodos rest and digest, the tourists lose interest and drift away, reconfirming still again the truth that Homo sapiens in general has the attention span of a cricket.”
“Like most brilliant people, my father either had a short attention span or he hyperfocused; when I swam he was completely present and focused only on me.”
“London's fiction (his essays as well) has a terrific range for that "new generation of readers," at least those with an attention span beyond the paramecium level.”
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