This volume describes research and theory concerning the cognitive neuroscience of attention. Filling a key gap, it emphasizes developmental changes that occur in the brain-attention relationship in infants, children, and throughout the lifespan and reviews the literature on attention, development, and underlying neural systems in a comprehensive manner.
Special features include:
* a new model of the neural control of eye movements;
* a developmental perspective on the burgeoning literature on the cognitive neuroscience of attention;
* the integration of ideas, research, and theories across chapters within each section via summary and commentary essays; and
* a summary of the most recent work in the developmental cognitive neuroscience of attention by several of the leading researchers in this field.
Table of Contents
Contents: Preface. Part I: Attention and Eye Movements. P.H. Schiller, The Neural Control of Visually Guided Eye Movements. D. Maurer, T.L. Lewis, Overt Orienting Toward Peripheral Stimuli: Normal Development and Underlying Mechanisms. M.H. Johnson, R.O, Gilmore, G. Csibra, Toward a Computational Model of the Development of Saccade Planning. J.E. Richards, S.K. Hunter, Attention and Eye Movement in Young Infants: Neural Control and Development. L. Hainline, Summary and Commentary: Eye Movements, Attention, and Development. Part II: Orienting to Locations and Objects. R. Rafal, The Neurology of Visual Orienting: A Pathological Disintegration of Development. B.M. Hood, J. Atkinson, O.J. Braddick, Selection-for-Action and the Development of Orienting and Visual Attention. G.C. Baylis, Visual Parsing and Object-Based Attention: A Developmental Perspective. M.A. Bell, Frontal Lobe Function During Infancy: Implications for the Development of Cognition and Attention. M.I. Posner, M.K. Rothbart, Summary and Commentary: Developing Attentional Skills. Part III: Attention, Memory, and Life-Span Changes. C.A. Nelson, D. Dukette, A Cognitive Neuroscience Perspective on the Relation Between Attention and Memory Development. J. Colombo, J.S. Janowsky, A Cognitive Neuroscience Approach to Individual Differences in Infant Cognition. J.T. Enns, D.A. Brodeur, L.M. Trick, Selective Attention Over the Lifespan: Behavioral Measures. H.A. Ruff, Summary and Commentary. Selective Attention: Its Measurement in a Developmental Framework.
"This book indicates how far the understanding of the development of attention has come in the past 10 years or so, and it also points to ways that the field will mature in the future."