Attention, Space, and Action: Studies in Cognitive Neuroscience

Paperback | August 15, 1999

EditorGlyn Humphreys, John Duncan, Anne Treisman

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To generate coherent behaviour, the brain needs to attend selectively to the many objects that are present in the environment, but this poses several questions. How does the brain know which objects 'belong together'? How does the information from different senses get combined? How doesthis help to plan and carry out actions? The subject of attentional mechanisms has a long history in cognitive psychology, as it is the key to making sense of the visual world. However, new developments in cognitive neuroscience, and greater understanding of how attention and action areintegrated, have transformed the field. This book is the first to bring together leading researchers to discuss the convergence of experimental findings in the following areas: Visual selective attention Attention and perceptual integration Spatial representation and attention Visual attention andaction Control of attention Attention, Space, and Action provides a unique combination of perspectives that will appeal to students and researchers from psychology, neuropsychology, neurophysiology, and neuroanatomy.

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To generate coherent behaviour, the brain needs to attend selectively to the many objects that are present in the environment, but this poses several questions. How does the brain know which objects 'belong together'? How does the information from different senses get combined? How doesthis help to plan and carry out actions? The...

Glyn Humphreys is at University of Birmingham. John Duncan is at MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit.
Format:PaperbackPublished:August 15, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Humphreys, Duncan and Treisman: Attention, space and action: Studies in cognitive NeuroscienceSection 1: Visual selective attention2. R. Desimone: Visual attention mediated by biased competition in extrastriate visual cortex3. Hillyard, Vogel and Luck: Sensory gain control as a mechanism of selective attention.4. C. Bundesen: A computational theory of visual attention.5. Rees and Frith: How do we select perceptions and actions? Human brain imaging studies.Section 2: Attention and perceptual integration6. A. Treisman: Feature binding, attention and object perception7. J. Duncan: Converging levels of analysis in the cognitive neurscience of visual attention.8. Driver and Spence: Crossmodal links in spatial attention.Section 3: Spatial representation and attention9. O'Keefe, Burgess, Donnett, and Maguire: Place cells, navigational accuracy, and the human hippocampus10. Humphreys: Neural representation of objects in space: A dual coding account.11. Corbetta and Shulman: Human cortical mechanisms of visual attention during orienting and search.Section 4: Visual attention and action12. A.D. Milner: Neuropsychological studies of perception and visuomotor control.13. A.D. Milner: Neuropsychological studies of perception and visuomotor control14. Tipper, Howard and Houghton: Section 5: The control of attention15. E.K. Miller: Prefrontal cortex and the neural basis of executive functions16. Allport and Wylie: Task switching: Positive and negative priming of task-set.17. Robertson and Manley: Sustained attention deficits in time and space.18. R. Ward: Interactions between perception and action systems: A model for selective action.

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" ... we warmly recommend this book for experimental psychologists with an interest in attention, action and cognitive neuroscience." Swiss Journal of Psychology