Attention, Space, and Action: Studies in Cognitive Neuroscience

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To generate coherent behavior, 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 does this 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 are integrated, 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 and action, and 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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Glyn Humphreys, School of Psychology, University of Birmingham. John Duncan, MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit. Anne Treisman, Department of Psychology, Princeton University.

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"Bringing together the attention-meriting work of two linked meetings held in November 1997, that of the Royal Society on 'Brain mechanisms of selective perception and action' and a Novartis Foundation session on 'The control of attention,' this volume of 18 papers branches into broad sections on: visual selective attention, attention and perceptual integration, spatial representation and attention, visual attention and action, and the control of attention. Following an introduction on the past contribution of psychology to formulating the research questions in this field and more recent physiological and theoretical developments in neuroscience, analyses explain how attention functions from single-cell to large-scale cortical network processing. Includes color plates of brain activity mapping by PET and MRI scans."--SciTech Book News


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