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Technical Report: UTEP-CS-19-17


In many situations like driving, it is important that a person concentrates all his/her attention at a certain critical task -- e.g., watching the road for possible problems. Because of this need to maintain high level of attention, it was assumed, until recently, that in such situations, the person maintains a constantly high level of attention (of course, until he or she gets tired). Interestingly, recent experiments showed that in reality, from the very beginning, attention level oscillates. In this paper, we show that such an oscillation is indeed helpful -- and thus, it is necessary to emulate such an oscillation when designing automatic systems, e.g., for driving.