IN reading this paragraph your attention moves from word to word, following close upon the movement of the point of regard, and you are probably aware of this movement of attention as an expression of personal activity, as an advancing wave in the tide of your feeling of interest, and as a complex of sensory impressions of bodily condition and processes of adjustment. These are the most direct ways in which we become aware of it; but attention is not an activity in itself, it is not essentially a feeling of interest, nor is it essentially awareness of the processes of bodily accommodation. Attention is the focus of consciousness as a whole, the state or form of concentration of the seeing, thinking, remembering, feeling, doing, etc., at a given moment. Attention is to consciousness as the point of regard is to the field of vision, the focal point.
Rhythm of Attention.--When O is seated with eyes closed, in a quiet room, hold an open watch at such a distance from his ear that he can barely hear it. At a signal let him direct his attention as steadily as____________________