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Dr. Eric

In reality, both terms are horrible.

There is no deficit in attention, but rather an inability to prioritize and control attention.
If anything, you are trying to pay attention to too much.

I like to use the noisy diner example, I pay as much attention to the couple arguing in the corner, wondering how long the dude is going to remain on his phone when he has a beautiful date sitting with him, wondering what the back story of the eccentric-looking dude in the corner, trying not to stare at the cleavage tattoo next to me, and replaying the last meeting at work in my mind… as I am the person that I am talking with.

We actually have a test for this specific example, it is called “auditory figure-ground”.