Attentional control (AC:) "The ability to focus on task-relevant stimuli and ignore task-irrelevant stimuli. The ability to regulate intentionality and direct cognitive processing. Sometimes referred to as spotlight or focal attention, focus, control of attention, executive controlled attention or executive attention"(McGrew, LaForte, & Schrank, 2014; WJ IV technical manual).
AC is suggested to be a fundamental, possibly core, ability in understanding working memory capacity.
Mental ability and information processing during discrimination of auditory motion patterns: Effects on P300 and mismatch negativity
De Pascalis, Vilfredo; Varriale, Enrico; Fulco, Maria; Fracasso, Francesca
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