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Attention and Time

Anna C. Nobre and Jennifer T. Coull


Our ability to attend selectively to our surroundings is crucial if we are to negotiate the world around us in an efficient manner. Several aspects of the temporal dimension turn out to be critical in determining how we can put together and select the events that are important to us as they themselves unfold over time. For example, we often miss events that happen while we are occupied perceiving or responding to another stimulus. On the other hand, temporal regularity between events can also greatly improve our perception. In addition, our perception of the passage of time itself can also be ... More

Keywords: temporal dimension, perception, stimulus, temporal regularity, attention, time, cognitive psychology, single-cell neurophysiology, temporal illusion

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Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199563456
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199563456.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anna C. Nobre, editor
Brain & Cognition Laboratory, Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford, UK

Jennifer T. Coull, editor
Laboratoire de Neurobiologie de la Cognition, Universite de Provence and CNRS. France

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Section 1 Attention is limited in time

Chapter 6 Vigilant attention

Ian H. Robertson, and Redmond O'Connell

Section 2 Time perception is modulated by attention, perception, and action

Chapter 13 Space-time in the brain

Concetta Morrone, and David Burr

Chapter 15 Temporal binding

Marc J. Buehner

Section 3 Directing attention in time enhances perception and action

Section 3a Temporal predictions inherent in the temporal structure of events

Chapter 18 Excitatory and inhibitory motor mechanisms of temporal preparation

Boris Burle, Christophe Tandonnet, and Thierry Hasbroucq

Section 3b Temporal predictions guided by endogenous cues

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