Directed Attention Fatigue and Restoration

3. Signs of DAF in Behavior Control

Attention Fatigue can make it much harder for you to control or inhibit verbal or physical behavior:

•Your output control may be impaired so you have decreased ability to stop, delay or control behavior:
•You may have a lowered threshold between thinking and acting
•You may take unusual risks
•You may act impatient
•You may make more mistakes
•You may blurt things out or say things you wish you hadn’t
•You may overdo, or act at the wrong time
•You may eat or drink too much
•You may impulsively spend or drink or take chances
•You find it hard to initiate or stay with dull but necessary tasks
•You may have trouble knowing when to stop

This is where you start to act erratic, or out of character. It may be something as simple and innocent as acting unusually silly or wild. It may involve mundane activities—when you find it hard to do chores—so that you become surrounded by more clutter, at the very time you’re more bothered by clutter!

It may involve lowered resistance to dangerous behaviors, or an increase in accident-proneness.

This is an area where mental fatigue can explode into conflicts with the outer world.

William James, The Principles of Psychology, 1890

Kaplan, Rachel, and Stephen Kaplan, The experience of nature, a psychological perspective, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1989

Lezak, M.D., Assessing executive functions, International Journal of Psychology, 17 (1982) 281-297


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