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
This is how I see it:
- Attention: to absorb/process information
- Concentration: to apply focus on an item
It is difficult to apply attention to several items at once, we cannot effectively (if at all) multi-task. You will absorb better quality information through concentrating your attention to a single task.
I'll give you an example, when reading a book, you can read every word on the page quickly with concentration but you reach the end of the page and realized you haven't grasped anything - it's because attention wasn't there. You didn't slow down to process and absorb the information.
@Bryan-Krause makes a good point though, it can be contextual.