The development of auditory attention in children.

H. Gomes, S. Molholm, C. Christodoulou, W. Ritter, N. Cowan

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In this paper we review the development of four components of auditory attention: arousal, orienting, selective attention and sustained attention. We focus especially on the processes responsible for the selection of specific stimuli for further processing because these are essential for learning and development. Although much work still needs to be done, there is evidence of developmental change in some of the components of attention, especially early in infancy. Later developmental improvements seem to be primarily attributable to higher cognitive processes, such as motivation, strategy development and implementation, and voluntary direction and regulation of attention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)D108-120
JournalFrontiers in bioscience : a journal and virtual library
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)


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