Dr. Pérez-Edgar recently contributed to the Blog on Learning Development to explain why people have varied experiences of the world. After highlighting the role of temperament in determining a person's predisposition to approach or withdraw from the environment, she discusses her work on how people use attention to filter their environmental experiences. She discusses how even in infancy we are already beginning to selectively attend to the environmental cues we deem most important. As we develop, temperament by attention interactions may become more apparent, helping researchers to understand why people have such varied experiences even when placed in the same situation.
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