<< Continued from Sensation, Consciousness and Attention
Attention Mechanism: When multiple areas of the body send sensory data simultaneously, LB, using its parallel processing capabilities, chooses the area generating highest intensity value and sends information about its location and the extent of area generating it, along with the intensity value to VP, proportional to which, VP assigns consciousness to it.
While receiving sensory data, if VP is engaged in VP-LB communication, LB curtails it, so it can send the information mentioned above to VP.
If VP is engaged in VP-VP communication (i.e. VP Monologue), LB waits for the interruption in such communication, which VP is designed to do periodically by the evolutionary process. Such interruption is responsible for the time it takes to realize a physical interaction when a person is mulling over a subject (the same is the basis of absent-minded professors, a phrase coined for people who are so much engrossed in their own world – i.e. VP Monologues - that they fail to keep track of their surroundings).
As it is VP which assigns consciousness, it can disregard communication from LB in the event of LB-LB communication (i.e. LB Monologue) if it has a topic of higher significance to communicate.
This results into area with the highest sensation to become available to IPS for intramural communication, where VP and/or LB decide on further interaction, if it is required.
The subject of intramural communication being considered by IPS, which may be delivered by LB (i.e. as provided by sensations) or chosen by VP (i.e. the thought process), is the subject of attention. In a nutshell, attention is whatever is being processed by VP. If VP is considering, e.g., the process of shutting down a computer, the person is said to be paying attention to shutting down the computer.