In today’s class we talked about pathological aspects of perception and attention. Pathology in attention can be considered when an individual experience reduced ability to attend or concentrate towards an object or in a task. Patients tend to experience an impairment in their attentional span, but it is not absent, this is called hyperprosexia. In normal conditions it is being explained as tiredness and boredom, but it pathological conditions it is often connected to a damage of the CNS, for example dementias, brain damage, frontal lobe syndrome or cerebral edema. In frontal lobe syndrome patients could experience that it also impairs their personality, apathy and a decrease in motor initiation.
This phenomenon has also been identified in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and could be accompanied with distraction, impulsivity and hyperactivity which could cause consequences in school settings and in adaption to new contexts.
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