Bottom-Up Attention


Besides top-down attention, there’s bottom-up attention. Bottom-up attention starts from a different perspective: the surrounding world, information around you, passing cars, what other peoply say, and observed evidence and patterns. Bottom-up attention is because of this more objective: the first priority is the surrounding world, and the second is, what do I think about this? How does this impact me? How does this relate to my own values? How should I remember this? Types who have bottom-up attention are extroverted.

Bottom-up unfiltered attention

Bottom-up types have a more broad attention: they can consider a larger amount of information in their surroundings. But their inner attention may be more specific: What they remember and think of relative to what happens around them is often more relevant to the present situation.

Bottom-up types have fewer warning receptors

In the mind, there are warning receptors that decide how you respond to mistakes and errors. A higher amount of warning receptors tends to make you more cautious, careful, and methodical. But extroverts have fewer warning receptors, and because you do, you’re more likely to engage the world with bottom-up processing. Your mind is signalling you that it is okay to proceed and to continue to observe.

Different bottom-up types

There are bottom-up sensors, intuitives, feelers and thinkers, and this means we are all bottom-up in certain situations and to certain forms of stimulation. So what are you more bottom-up with, and what are you more top-down with?