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selective attention

noun
1.
(psychol) the process by which a person can selectively pick out one message from a mixture of messages occurring simultaneously
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  • The generic image has been constructed under the influence of a selective attention, bent upon aesthetic worth.

    The Sense of Beauty George Santayana

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