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absent-mindedness

 mayrefer to 1) a low level of attention ("blanking" or “zoning out”); or 2) intenseattention to a single object of focus (hyperfocus)that makes a person oblivious to events around him/her; or 3) unwarranted distraction ofattention from the object of focus by irrelevant thoughts or environmental events.

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September 28th 2021

cross sectional study

a research design based on selecting representative groupswho vary on a particular characteristic; when thecharacteristic is age, this design provides a means ofmaking developmental comparisons.