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The Neuroscience of Attention: Attentional Control and Selection

George R. Mangun


The ability to attend selectively 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 ... More

Keywords: cognitive function, perceptual resources, cognitive resources, motor resources, disease, trauma, attention mechanisms, attentional control, attentional selection, emotion

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Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780195334364
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195334364.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

George R. Mangun, editor

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1 Attentional Selection for Locations, Features, and Objects in Vision

Jens-Max Hopf, Carsten N. Boehler, Mircea A. Schoenfeld, George R. Mangun, and Hans-Jochen Heinze

2 Involuntary Attention

Joseph B. Hopfinger and Emily L. Parks

3 Thalamic Control of Visual Attention

Sabine Kastner, Yuri B. Saalmann, and Keith A. Schneider

4 Visual AttentionComputational Problems, Strategies, and Mechanisms

John K. Tsotsos, Albert L. Rothenstein, Evgueni Simine, and Andrei Zaharescu

7 Attention and Action in the Frontal Eye Field

Katherine M. Armstrong, Robert J. Schafer, Mindy H. Chang, and Tirin Moore

8 Attention and the Parietal Lobe

Michael E. Goldberg, Angela Gee, Anna Ipata, James W. Bisley, and Jacqueline Gottlieb

9 A Stage Theory of Attention and Action

Jeffrey D. Schall and Geoffrey F. Woodman

10 Top-down Biases in Visual Short-term Memory

Mark G. Stokes and Anna C. Nobre

11 Conflict Control Loop Theory of Cognitive Control

Marie K. Krug and Cameron S. Carter

12 Emotional Influences on Visuospatial Attention

Harlan M. Fichtenholtz and Kevin S. LaBar

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