Thinker
A Cognitive Psychology Resource

Attention

One of the important assumptions of cognitive psychology is that people are active thinkers; that is, we are not just automatons responding reflexively to stimuli in the environment. Although some tasks produce automatic responses (e.g., forming a quick association, reading a word without intending to), others require effortful processing, where concentration and intentional thought are involved. This section demonstrates the differences between automatic and effortful processing through tasks that may require both.

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Bart Everson & Elliott Hammer, PhD