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Attention in Early Development: Themes and Variations

Holly Alliger Ruff and Mary Klevjord Rothbart


Attention is a complex and multidimensional construct. It depends on distributed neural networks; it is linked to multiple sources of information from the environment and to complex motor, emotional, and motivational systems. Taking this functional approach, this book focuses on visual attention and its underlying processes in the first four to five years of life. The book is organized around two overlapping structures. One is the division of attention into three conceptual domains: selectivity, state, and executive- or higher-level control. The second organizational structure revolves around ... More

Keywords: attention, infancy, pre-school years, development, individuality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780195136326
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195136326.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Holly Alliger Ruff, author
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Mary Klevjord Rothbart, author
University of Oregon