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Attention in a Social World

Michael I. Posner


The study of attention is central to psychology. This book presents the science of attention in a larger social context, which includes our ability voluntarily to choose and act upon an object of thought. The volume is based on fifty years of research involving behavioral, imaging, developmental, and genetic methods. It describes three brain networks of attention that carry out the functions of obtaining and maintaining the alert state, orienting to sensory events, and regulating responses. The book ties these brain networks to anatomy, connectivity, development, and socialization, and include ... More

Keywords: attention, object of thought, brain networks, sensory events, regulating responses, education, social interaction

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199791217
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199791217.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael I. Posner, author
Weill Medical College in New York, Sackler Institute