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The Neuroscience of Attention
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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

Bibliographic Information

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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