Orienting of Attention

Hardcover | April 15, 2008

byRichard D. Wright, Lawrence M. Ward

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This book is a succinct introduction to the orienting of attention. Richard Wright and Lawrence Ward describe the covert orienting literature clearly and concisely, illustrating it with numerous high-quality images, specifically designed to make the challenging theoretical concepts veryaccessible.The book begins with an historical introduction that provides a great deal of information about orienting, much of which will be new even to seasoned researchers. Wright and Ward then systematically describe the development of various experimental paradigms that have been devised to study covertorienting, and the theoretical issues raised by this research. One trend that they analyze in detail is the progression from relatively simple models of spatial attention (attention spotlight and zoom lens models) to an integrative computational framework based on a concept called the "activitydistribution." They also present a comprehensive survey of cognitive neuroscience research on the brain mechanisms underlying spatial attention shifts, as well as a chapter summarizing recent research on crossmodal attention shifts, and elucidating the links between attention orienting in thevisual, auditory, and tactile domains. In the Epilogue they offer a concise summary of the book, and develop preliminary frameworks for understanding the relationship between spatial attention and orienting in response to social cues (social cognitive neuroscience) and for describing the evolutionof covert orienting.Orienting of Attention provides a systematic survey that is ideal for those looking for an accessible introduction to the field and also for students and researchers who want a state-of the-art overview.

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This book is a succinct introduction to the orienting of attention. Richard Wright and Lawrence Ward describe the covert orienting literature clearly and concisely, illustrating it with numerous high-quality images, specifically designed to make the challenging theoretical concepts veryaccessible.The book begins with an historical intr...

Richard D. Wright is an Associate Professor, Department of Psychology at Simon Fraser University. Lawrence M. Ward is a Professor, Department of Psychology at the University of British Columbia.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.98 inPublished:April 15, 2008Language:English

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ISBN - 10:0195130499

ISBN - 13:9780195130492

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Studying Attention Shifts with Location Cueing3. Properties of the Attentional Focal Point4. Sensory and Attentional Mediation of Covert Orienting5. Sequential Attention Shifts6. Eye Movements and Attention Shifts7. Physiology of Attention Shifts8. Crossmodal Attention Shifts9. Epilogue

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"I very much enjoyed reading this excellent and timely book on orienting of attention. After just over 100 years of scientific research on this theme, it offers a comprehensive and up-to-date summary - indeed, a synthesis - of what we currently know, and do not yet know, about visuo-spatialattention. To my mind, this is the only book to provide such a systematic, methodologically and conceptually coherent survey - from a multi-disciplinary perspective - of this exciting field of investigation. Clearly, a lot of thought has gone into the writing - and the outcome is a truly excellenttreatise. In summary, I felt both intellectually enriched and inspired by this excellently presented and insightful book - which will come to be seen as a milestone in the field."--Hermann J. Muller, Department of Psychology, University of Munich