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The development of auditory attention in children
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1 Department of Psychology, City College of the City University of New York, NY 10031, USA
2 Department of Neurology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY, USA
3 Department of Neuroscience, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY, USA
4 4Neuropsychology and Neuroscience Laboratory, Kessler Medical Rehabilitation Research and Education Corporation, West Orange, NJ and Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ, USA
5 Department of Psychology, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, USA
Front. Biosci. (Landmark Ed) 2000, 5(3), 108–120;
Published: 1 January 2000

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.

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