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attention span

the interval during which an individual can concentrate, as on a single object, idea, or activity.
1930-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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  • Either technology had to improve or my attention span had to improve.
  • But the world has a short attention span, whereas the half-lives of many radioactive isotopes are long indeed.
  • We have a limited attention span, and our cognitive load is usually exceeded in every lecture or talk.
  • He was amazed, after starting medication, how his attention span had increased.
  • The public has a short attention span regarding problems of the world's have-nots, but experts are partly to blame, too.
  • The mechanism has more to do with vision than with cognition, such as attention span, the researchers report.
  • There's a time and place for everything and even children need to be able to focus and have an attention span.
  • More fundamentally, it is about lack of attention span.
  • There is also a lack of evidence that avoiding gluten boosts energy levels, improves digestion, or enhances attention span.
  • The nation's attention span is notoriously scattered and short.

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