The Limits of Attention: Temporal Constraints in Human Information Processing

Paperback | October 1, 2001

EditorKimron Shapiro

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For psychologists and cognitive neuroscientists interested in 'attention', the issue of the 'limits' of our attentional mechanisms is one of great importance and topicality- what are the temporal constraints when we attend to and process information How well can we switch our attention fromone task to another, or from one sensory modality to another? In what circumstances can the presentation of one stimulus prevent the recognition of a further stimulus? By seeking answers to such questions, we can learn a great deal about the systems underlying such attentional processes, developmore accurate models of our attentional mechanisms, and even get closer to answering some of the many outstanding questions about consciousness itself. In The limits of attention, Kimron Shapiro whose own work on the 'attentional blink' is central to this debate, has brought together a high qualityteam of attention researchers to discuss and debate these issues, key to the study of attention. This is an important book for cognitive psychologists, cognitive neuroscientists, and philosophers.

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For psychologists and cognitive neuroscientists interested in 'attention', the issue of the 'limits' of our attentional mechanisms is one of great importance and topicality- what are the temporal constraints when we attend to and process information How well can we switch our attention fromone task to another, or from one sensory modal...

Kimron Shapiro is at School of Psychology, University of Wales, Bangor.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:260 pages, 9.45 × 6.61 × 0.59 inPublished:October 1, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198505159

ISBN - 13:9780198505150

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Contents ListChapter 1 - Temporal methods for studying attention: how did we get here and where are we going?Chapter 2 - The attentional blink and task switching within and across modalitiesChapter 3 - Task switching: using RSVP methods to study an experimenter-cued shift of setChapter 4 - Visual masking and task switching in the attentional blinkChapter 5 - The attentional blink bottleneckChapter 6 - Perceptual and central interference in dual-task performanceChapter 7 - Multiple sources of interference in dual-task performance: the cases of the attentional blink and the psychological refractory periodChapter 8 - Cross-modal interactions in dual-task paradigmsChapter 9 - Getting beyond the serial/parallel debate in visual search: a hybrid approachChapter 10 - Visual attention moves no faster than the eyesChapter 11 - Perceptual links and attentional blinksChapter 12 - A spatiotemporal framework for disorders of visual attention