The Neuroscience of Attention: The Neuroscience of Attention: Attentional Control and Selection

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George R. Mangun
OUP USA, Feb 16, 2012 - Medical - 278 pages
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The ability to selectively attend to events in the world around us is a core cognitive function. It prevents distraction and enables humans and animals to dedicate perceptual, cognitive, and motor resources to deal with the most pressing current challenges. When attention systems of the brain are damaged by disease or trauma, the impact for the individual and society can be significant, and therefore, understanding the neural mechanisms of attention is a central goal in neuroscience. In addition, understanding how attention mechanisms operate is critical for advancing the important mission of developing the most effective training regimes for a wide range of duties, as well as for creating new methods for educating the world's growing population. This text addresses the basic neuroscience of how the brain controls the focus of attention, and how this focused attention influences sensory and motor processes. This volume will provide the reader with a selection of the models, mechanisms and findings in the neuroscience of attentional control and selection from leading authorities working in human and animal models, and incorporating a array of neuroscience methods from single neuron recordings to functional brain imaging, and advanced modeling. The book begins with contributions that describe attentional selection, relying largely on evidence from attention in vision. Subsequent chapters address attentional control mechanisms in cortical and subcortical brain networks. Finally, the role of attention in action, short-term memory, and emotion are discussed.

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George R. Mangun is the Dean of Social Sciences, and Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at UC Davis. He is a world authority on the brain mechanisms of attention, and a leading figure in cognitive neuroscience. Dr. Mangun has published and lectured widely on brain attention systems, and is well known for his innovative promotion of integrated electrophysiological and brain imaging methods to study the mechanisms of attention.

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