Directed attention fatigue

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Directed attention fatigue (DAF) is a neuro-psychological phenomenon that results from overuse of the brain’s inhibitory attention mechanisms, which handle incoming distractions while maintaining focus on a specific task.wikipedia
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Fatigue

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It is rather a temporary fatigue of the inhibitory mechanisms in the brain. The concept of stress is used in many situations that would be described as mental fatigue, but the two concepts are distinctly different.
It can manifest as somnolence, lethargy, or directed attention fatigue.

Human multitasking

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Directed attention fatigue

Stimulus (physiology)

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Directed attention fatigue occurs when a particular part of the brain’s global inhibitory system is overworked due to the suppression of increasing numbers of stimuli.

Personality disorder

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This temporary condition is not a clinical illness or a personality disorder.

Brain

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It is rather a temporary fatigue of the inhibitory mechanisms in the brain.

Inhibition theory

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According to inhibition theory, it is natural for one to alternate between periods of attention and distraction.

Metacognition

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2) Thinking — One may experience feelings of restlessness, confusion, forgetfulness and/or decreased metacognition.

Stress (biology)

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The concept of stress is used in many situations that would be described as mental fatigue, but the two concepts are distinctly different.

Attentional shift

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Hence, there are two types of attention, distinguished in terms of the effort involved in their use and their changes in attentional shift:

Frontal lobe

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Several parts of the brain are involved in maintaining directed attention, primarily those located in the frontal lobe and the parietal lobe of the brain.

Parietal lobe

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Several parts of the brain are involved in maintaining directed attention, primarily those located in the frontal lobe and the parietal lobe of the brain.

Prefrontal cortex

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Specifically, the mechanism of directed attention employs the prefrontal cortex (PFC), the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) and the brain stem’s basal ganglia.

Anterior cingulate cortex

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Specifically, the mechanism of directed attention employs the prefrontal cortex (PFC), the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) and the brain stem’s basal ganglia.

Basal ganglia

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Specifically, the mechanism of directed attention employs the prefrontal cortex (PFC), the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) and the brain stem’s basal ganglia.

Inferior frontal gyrus

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Evidence also suggests that the right inferior frontal cortex (IFC) plays a specialized role in response inhibition.

Top-down and bottom-up design

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It seems that this region plays a key role in the integration of bottom-up response-related information and facilitates goal-directed behavior.

Goal orientation

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It seems that this region plays a key role in the integration of bottom-up response-related information and facilitates goal-directed behavior.

Chemical substance

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Directed attention fatigue can be reduced by getting a sufficient amount of sleep each night because during sleep, inhibitory attention chemicals are replenished.

Attention restoration theory

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As investigated by attention restoration theory, natural environments, such as forests, mountain landscapes or beaches, appear to be particularly effective for restoring attention, perhaps because they contain a vast amount of diverse, relatively weak stimuli, thus inciting the mind to wander freely while relaxing its strict focus.

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

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The symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder closely mirror the symptoms of Directed Attention Fatigue.

Rachel and Stephen Kaplan

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Leading contributors include Rachel and Stephen Kaplan, environmental psychologists at the University of Michigan.

Attention

Environmental psychology

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Environmental psychology