According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, attention is defined as: the act or state of applying the mind to something. Starting in grade school, students are taught to continually pay attention to their teachers. Later in life, adults are taught to pay attention to most everything, finances, children, etc. For example, as a nurse I must continually pay attention to my patients, their vital signs and their medicines in order for me to adequately take care of them.
Merriam-Webster Dictionary. (2011). Attention. Retrieved from: