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Attention and Memory: An Integrated Framework

Nelson Cowan


For decades, the fundamental processes underlying memory and attention have been understood within an “information processing” framework in which information passes from one processing stage to another, leading eventually to a response. More recently, however, the attempt to build a general theoretical framework for information processing has been largely supplanted in favor of two more recent approaches: mathematical models of processing and direct investigations of brain function. This book reconciles theoretical conflicts in the literature to present an important, analytical update of the t ... More

Keywords: conscious awareness, long-term memory, short-term memory, memory activation, focus, attentional filtering, habituation of orienting, information processing model, mathematical models, selective attention, sensory memory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1998 Print ISBN-13: 9780195119107
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195119107.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nelson Cowan, author
University of Missouri-Columbia