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attention span

[ə′ten·shən ‚span]
(psychology)
The period of time a person is able to concentrate his attentions on a given item, usually with respect to learning.
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Talking about it makes me feel like a complaining old man--the kind of old person who used to carp about my generation when we were young--but I have to acknowledge that many more of the young students entering my private studio suffer from short attention spans.
Various studies have attempted to correlate music lessons and activities with attention span, measuring the latter by observing instances of attention behavior.
So let me remind you: we're talking attention spans here.
But Postman and Gore and Orwell are not the first prophets or social critics to point out the moral and political problems of short attention spans and weak memories.
Dead Meadow is challenging the attention span of the populous.
Recommended if there is a demand for the author or an established, patient readership with a good attention span.
Soldiers, a short attention span is a dangerous thing when the ramp on a Stryker is opening or closing.
Former Harper's Editor Lewis Lapham, whose most recent cancer on the national attention span was a 5,000-word "Case for Impeachment" in the magazine's March issue, told a Harper's roundtable: "The media tends to believe that the branches of government are the Democratic and Republican parties.
They make us fat, less human and they cut our attention span.
American society has developed a short attention span in an evergrowing, fast-paced world.
Though the average lifespan is about 78 years, most kids don't have the attention span to work on their goals for even one year--assuming they have any goals at all.
In a recent article in the Sunday supplement, Parade, he argues that our ability to concentrate is being destroyed by the barrage of commercials that interrupt television shows every few minutes and dramatically reduce the viewers' attention span.

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