Attention and Brain Function

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Psychology Press, 1992 - Medical - 494 pages
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This book delineates cerebral mechanisms of attention in humans as they presently appear in the light of data obtained by using various modern brain-research techniques. While the book focuses primarily on the ways humans select environmental information, the selectivity manifest in human thinking, consciousness, and motor behavior is also dealt with in the framework of an expanded attention concept. By combining the most recent evidence from diverse fields of human brain research and relating these physiological data to achievements of modern cognitive psychology, the author has developed an integrative view of human information processing. This theory concentrates on mechanisms of attentional selection and on the automatic processing which provides a basis for the selective processes.
 

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Contents

Attention and Automaticity in Information Processing
11
Measurement of Brain Activity Underlying
72
EventRelated Potentials and Automatic Information
102
Magnetoencephalography MEG and Automatic
211
Attention and EventRelated Potentials
236
MEG Studies of Attention
353
Regional Cerebral BloodFlow rCBF and Metabolic
361
Concluding Discussion
379
References
401
Author Index
461
Subject Index
479
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University of Helsinki

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