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. $\endgroup$
    – Bryan Krause
    Apr 15 '21 at 16:01

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.

  • $\begingroup$ Welcome. and thanks for your answer. Can you add your sources to allow others fact check and background read on your material? $\endgroup$
    – AliceD
    Sep 22 '21 at 6:03

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