Voluntary attention is targeted at highlighting and holding objects of the worls selected by the person; with that, there is a system in the ogranism assisting to switch attention and react on other objects important for activity. Involuntary attention works without the conscious choice, activates on sudden and strong distractors: moving, contrasting and bright objects.
Involuntary attention helps us not to get run over during crossing the street in deep thoughts, react on unusual noise and abandon the work for a chance to flirt with a friendly person.
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