It just occurred to me that I might have selective attention after all... But I guess it depends on who you ask... For instance, if you ask SM, she'll deny it. (She
knows believes I lack attention almost completely, not just selectively :P ). If you ask the Senor, you might get the mistaken impression that I pay attention in class. (Senorita B. & I know how much attention we paid in class (a lot, I assure you ;) )
The other day, my prof told me, "Take a break and work on this", and like a good girl, I happily took a break. It was only later that I remembered that there was a second part to the sentence, which was actually what was necessary... But still...
I'm not sure if it's an instance of the cocktail party effect (wow, jargon?!), or if there are only certain things that catch my attention. Once, I was taking a walk with my friend, when a girl crossed us while talking on her phone. I was just about to continue talking to my friend, when I suddenly heard, "Barcelona, Madrid". I'll leave you to imagine what effect it had on me.
I think I'll stop writing now, as I suddenly remembered (thanks to SM!) that my selective attention is not restricted to things, but also extends to people... And washing dirty laundry in public isn't good, no? ;)
(Err, truth be told, I can't think of anything more to say right now...)
(And Gai-jin, my attention is all yours now :P)
(* - apologies for the pathetic title)