Principles of Visual Attention: Linking Mind and Brain by Claus Bundesen

Principles of Visual Attention: Linking Mind and Brain

byClaus Bundesen, Thomas Habekost

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The nature of attention is one of the oldest and most central problems in psychology. A huge amount of research has been produced on this subject in the last half century, especially on attention in the visual modality, but a general explanation has remained elusive. Many still view attentionresearch as a field that is fundamentally fragmented. This book takes a different perspective and presents a unified theory of visual attention: the TVA model. The TVA model explains the many aspects of visual attention by just two mechanisms for selection of information: filtering and pigeonholing. These mechanisms are described in a set of simple equations, which allow TVA to mathematically model a large number of classical results in the attentionliterature. The theory explains psychological and neuroscientific findings by the same equations; TVA is a complete theory of visual attention, linking mind and brain. Aimed at advanced students and professional researchers, Principles of Visual Attention contains a detailed review of the most important research done on attention in vision, spanning cognitive psychology, brain imaging, patient studies, and recordings from single cells in the visual cortex. Thebook explains the TVA model and shows how it accounts for attentional effects observed across all the research areas described. Principles of Visual Attention offers a uniquely integrated view on a central topic in cognitive neuroscience.

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Claus Bundesen is Professor of Cognitive Psychology at the University of Copenhagen, Director of the Center for Visual Cognition at the University of Copenhagen, and Director of the Danish Research School of Psychology. He is the President of the European Society for Cognitive Psychology and a member of the Executive Committee of the I...

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Title:Principles of Visual Attention: Linking Mind and BrainFormat:PaperbackDimensions:284 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.86 inPublished:November 1, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198570708

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Table of Contents

1. IntroductionPart I - The psychology of Visual Attention2. Psychological research on visual attention3. A psychological theory of visual attention (TVA)4. Explaining divided attention by TVA5. Explaining focused by TVAPart II - The Neurophysiology of Visual Attention6. Effects of visual attention in single neurons7. A neural theory of visual attention (NTVA)8. Explaining attentional effects in single neurons by NTVAPart III - The Anatomy of Visual Attention9. Brain imaging of visual attention10. Disturbances of visual attention11. TVA-based assessmentConclusion12. A unified theory of visual attention