Neuroscience of Attention: Attention Control and Selection

Hardcover | December 22, 2011

EditorGeorge R. Mangun

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The ability to selectively attend to events in the world around us is a core cognitive function. It prevents distraction and enables humans and animals to dedicate perceptual, cognitive, and motor resources to deal with the most pressing current challenges. When attention systems of the brainare damaged by disease or trauma, the impact for the individual and society can be significant, and therefore, understanding the neural mechanisms of attention is a central goal in neuroscience. In addition, understanding how attention mechanisms operate is critical for advancing the importantmission of developing the most effective training regimes for a wide range of duties, as well as for creating new methods for educating the world's growing population.This text addresses the basic neuroscience of how the brain controls the focus of attention, and how this focused attention influences sensory and motor processes. This volume will provide the reader with a selection of the models, mechanisms and findings in the neuroscience of attentional controland selection from leading authorities working in human and animal models, and incorporating a array of neuroscience methods from single neuron recordings to functional brain imaging, and advanced modeling.The book begins with contributions that describe attentional selection, relying largely on evidence from attention in vision. Subsequent chapters address attentional control mechanisms in cortical and subcortical brain networks. Finally, the role of attention in action, short-term memory, andemotion are discussed.

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The ability to selectively attend to events in the world around us is a core cognitive function. It prevents distraction and enables humans and animals to dedicate perceptual, cognitive, and motor resources to deal with the most pressing current challenges. When attention systems of the brainare damaged by disease or trauma, the impact...

George R. Mangun is the Dean of Social Sciences, and Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at UC Davis. He is a world authority on the brain mechanisms of attention, and a leading figure in cognitive neuroscience. Dr. Mangun has published and lectured widely on brain attention systems, and is well known for his innovative promotion...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:296 pages, 10 × 7 × 0.98 inPublished:December 22, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Contributors1. Jens-Max Hopf, Carsten N. Boehler, and Mircea A. Schoenfeld: Attentional Selection for Locations, Features and Objects in Vision2. Joseph B. Hopfinger and Emily L. Parks: Involuntary attention3. Sabine Kastner, Yuri B. Saalmann, and Keith A. Schneider: Thalamic Control of Visual Attention4. John K. Tsotsos, Albert L. Rothenstein, Evgueni Simine, and Andrei Zaharescu: Visual Attention: Computational Problems, Strategies, and Mechanisms5. Carlo Sestieri, Gordon L. Shulman, and Maurizio Corbetta: Orienting to the Environment: Separate Contributions of Dorsal and Ventral Frontoparietal Attention Networks6. Eric I. Knudsen: Midbrain and Forebrain Systems for Bottom-up Control of Spatial Attention7. Katherine M. Armstrong, Robert J. Schafer, Mindy H. Chang, and Tirin Moore: Attention and Action in the Frontal Eye Fields8. Michael E. Goldberg, Angela Gee, Anna Ipata, James W. Bisley, and Jacqueline Gottlieb: Attention and the Parietal Lobe9. Jeffrey D. Schall and Geoffrey F. Woodman: A Stage Theory of Attention and Action10. Mark Stokes and Anna C. Nobre: Top-Down Biases in Visual Short-Term Memory11. Marie K. Krug and Cameron S. Carter: Conflict control loop theory of cognitive control12. Harlan M. Fichtenholtz and Kevin S. LaBar: Emotional influences on Visuospatial AttentionIndex