what is target Fixation

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Running head: TARGET FIXATIONTARGET FIXATIONName:Course:Instructor:Date:Running head: TARGET FIXATIONTarget fixation is an occurrence where an individual gives much attention or focus to anobject that they increase the possibility of colliding with it. It is also a process through which thebrain can firmly concentrate on an object such that the awareness of other objects or hazardsdiminishes. The term is said to have originated from the world war two from the fighter pilots, assome of the injuries were caused by the war despite those warnings about the objects, weremade, and the pilots saw the objects (Cummins, 1996).This phenomenon occurs in situations where an observer is controlling a high-speedmoving object such as motorbikes, cars, airplanes, and even for surfers. The observer usuallykeenly fix their attention on the object or target that they are approaching, though they mighthave had the intention to avoid it. For example, a motorcyclist can see a pothole ahead of him,but only to unintentionally ride through it without avoiding it, or when negotiating a corner, therider can lose control. Target fixation has mostly led to accidents that could have been a

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