Is there any difference between concentration and attention ?
The dictionary definition and some websites on psychology mention they are same. whereas many people say they are different. I am unable to figure it out

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    $\begingroup$ Can you cite examples of where they are claimed to be the same or different? Both can be true, language isn't ever that strict. $\endgroup$ Apr 15 at 16:01

Concentration is focusing on a task (e.g. reading a book). Attention is focusing on a person (e.g. listening during a conversation). The verb, focus, is the same in both instances. The noun, task and person, is the point of differentiation.

  • $\begingroup$ This is not a distinction that I am aware of being made in cognitive neuroscience. What are you basing this on? $\endgroup$ Apr 21 at 15:07
  • $\begingroup$ The question referred to dictionary definitions and didn't appear to warrant a sophisticated response. I therefore answered on the basis of my experience of common usage of the terms. I was hoping to be helpful and didn't consider my response to be controversial, but happy to delete it if there is any consternation. $\endgroup$
    – Tony Mobbs
    Apr 21 at 15:53
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    $\begingroup$ Yeah, I guess I was mostly waiting for OP to explain the context for their question so that it could produce a more informed answer. Otherwise it seems like not really a psych & neuro question. $\endgroup$ Apr 21 at 16:57

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