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Attention in a Social World$
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Michael I. Posner

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199791217

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199791217.001.0001

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The Attention System of the Human Brain

The Attention System of the Human Brain

(p.1) Chapter 1 The Attention System of the Human Brain
Attention in a Social World

Michael I. Posner

Oxford University Press

Attention is an old topic in psychology, but viewing it as an organ system allows the growing exploration of its physical basis. One goal of this volume is to examine the anatomy and development of brain networks of attention. This chapter defines three networks—alerting, orienting, and executive—and gives a summary of the tools used in exploring them. Attention networks are common to everyone, but their efficiency can be measured and it does differ among individuals.

Keywords:   brain networks, attention, organ system, alerting, orienting, executive attention

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