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Time Will TellA Theory of Dynamic Attending$
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Mari Riess Jones

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190618216

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190618216.001.0001

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Tuning in to World Events

Tuning in to World Events

A General Attending Hypothesis

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Time Will Tell

Mari Riess Jones

Oxford University Press

The chapter introduces one of the two major hypotheses in Dynamic Attending Theory (DAT). This is the general attending hypothesis, which maintains that attending to an external event is governed by cortical oscillation(s) involuntarily phase entrained to an event (exogenous entrainment). Selective attending is specifically linked to timed amplitude elevations of exogenously driven oscillations. Voluntary attending can also contribute to momentary attending via selective amplitude elevation of this driven rhythm’s oscillation. Other important topics introduced in this chapter involve phase response curves, which describe driving–driven entrainment, and attending energy curves, which describe allocations of heightened attending energy that figure in expectancy and capture curves of attending. Both regularity and force of the external driving rhythm figure in its entraining potential are described according to the general attending hypothesis.

Keywords:   phase response curves, attending energy curves, involuntary attending, voluntary attending, general attending hypothesis

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