Goal neglect

In cognitive psychology, goal neglect refers to behaviors when a person fails to keep a particular goal in mind (Reisberg, 2018). A person who engages in goal neglect often relies on habitual responses, even if those behaviors fail to lead closer to the goal.


Reisberg, D. (2018). Cognition: Exploring the Science of the Mind. 7th Edition. New York: W. W. Norton & Company.