During the last three decades, there have been enormous advances in our understanding of the neural mechanisms of selective attention at the network as well as the cellular level. The Oxford Handbook of Attention brings together the different research areas that constitute contemporary attention research into one comprehensive and authoritative volume. In 40 chapters, it covers the most important aspects of attention research from the areas of cognitive psychology, neuropsychology, human and animal neuroscience, computational modelling, and philosophy. The book is divided into 4 main sections. Following an introduction from Michael Posner, the books starts by looking at theoretical models of attention. The next two sections are dedicated to spatial attention and non-spatial attention respectively. Within section 4, the authors consider the interactions between attention and other psychological domains. The last two sections focus on attention-related disorders, and finally, on computational models of attention. Aimed at both scholars and students, the Oxford Handbook of Attention provides a concise and state-of-the-art review of the current literature in this field.
Anna Christina (Kia) Nobre is Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Oxford, where she directs the Oxford Centre for Human Brain Activity and heads the Brain & Cognition Laboratory. She is Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University. Nobre received her Ph.D. (1993) and did postdoctoral research at Yale University with Gregory McCarthy, before moving to Harvard Medical School as Instructor to work with M-Marsel Mesulam. Her research using intracranial and non-invasive electrophysiological recordings made seminal contributions to the understanding of neural systems for word recognition and attention in the human brain. Her current research uses a multi-methodological approach to look at how perception and cognition are modulated according to task goals, expectations, and memories; and to understand how these dynamic regulatory mechanisms are affected by ageing, psychiatric conditions, and neurodegenerative disorders Sabine Kastner is Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology at Princeton University, where she heads the Neuroscience of Attention and Perception Laboratory in the Princeton Neuroscience Institute and Department of Psychology, and serves as the Scientific Director of Princeton's neuroimaging facility. She received M.D. (1993) and Ph.D. degrees (1994) and performed postdoctoral studies at NIH (1996-2000) with Leslie Ungerleider and Bob Desimone. Her functional brain imaging studies provided groundbreaking insights into visual perceptual and cognitive processes in the human brain. Kastner uses a translational approach that combines neuroimaging and electrophysiology to study the neural basis of visual perception, attention, and awareness in healthy humans, patients with brain lesions and animal models. Kastner's contributions to the field of cognitive neuroscience were recognized with the Young Investigator Award from the Cognitive Neuroscience Society in 2005
PART A: INTRODUCTION; PART B: THEORETICAL MODELS OF ATTENTION; PART C: SPATIAL ATTENTION; PART D: NON-SPATIAL ATTENTION; PART E: INTERACTIONS BETWEEN ATTENTION AND OTHER PSYCHOLOGICAL DOMAINS; PART F: ATTENTION-RELATED DISORDERS; PART G: COMPUTATIONAL MODELS; PART H: CONCLUSIONS