Effortless Attention: A New Perspective in the Cognitive Science of Attention and Action

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Brian Bruya
MIT Press, 2010 - Medical - 449 pages
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This is the first book to explore the cognitive science of effortless attention andaction. Attention and action are generally understood to require effort, and the expectation is thatunder normal circumstances effort increases to meet rising demand. Sometimes, however, attention andaction seem to flow effortlessly despite high demand. Effortless attention and action have beendocumented across a range of normal activities -- ranging from rock climbing to chess playing -- andyet fundamental questions about the cognitive science of effortlessness have gone largely unasked.This book draws from the disciplines of cognitive psychology, neurophysiology, behavioralpsychology, genetics, philosophy, and cross-cultural studies. Starting from the premise that thephenomena of effortless attention and action provide an opportunity to test current models ofattention and action, leading researchers from around the world examine topics including effort as acognitive resource, the role of effort in decision-making, the neurophysiology of effortlessattention and action, the role of automaticity in effortless action, expert performance ineffortless action, and the neurophysiology and benefits of attentionaltraining.

Contributors: Joshua M. Ackerman, James H. Austin, John A. Bargh Roy F.Baumeister, Sian L. Beilock, Chris Blais, Matthew M. Botvinick, Brian Bruya, MihalyCsikszentmihalyi, Marci S. DeCaro, Arne Dietrich, Yuri Dormashev, László Harmat, Bernhard Hommel,Rebecca Lewthwaite, Örjan de Manzano, Joseph T. McGuire, Brian P. Meier, Arlen C. Moller, JeanneNakamura, Michael I. Posner, Mary K. Rothbart, M.R. Rueda, Brandon J. Schmeichel, EdwardSlingerland, Oliver Stoll, Yiyuan Tang, Töres Theorell, Fredrik Ullén, GabrieleWulf

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Brian Bruya is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Eastern Michigan University.

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