Cognitive Electrophysiology of Attention

Signals of the Mind

Edited by

  • George Mangun, Dean of Social Sciences and Professor of Psychology and Neurology, University of California, Davis

Cognitive Electrophysiology of Attention explores the fundamental mechanisms of attention and related cognitive functions from cognitive neuroscience perspectives. Attention is an essential cognitive ability that enables humans to process and act upon relevant information while ignoring distracting information, and the capacity to focus attention is at the core of mental functioning. Understanding the neural bases of human attention remains a key challenge for neuroscientists and psychologists, and is essential for translational efforts to treat attentional deficits in a variety of neurological and psychiatric disorders. Cognitive electrophysiology is at the center of a multidisciplinary approach that involves the efforts of psychologists, neuroscientists, neuropsychologists, psychiatrists, and neurologists to identify basic brain mechanisms and develop translational approaches to improve mental health. This edited volume is authored by leading investigators in the field and discusses methods focused on electrophysiological recordings in humans, including electroencephalography (EEG) and event-related potential (ERP) methods, and also incorporates evidence from functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Cognitive Electrophysiology of Attention illuminates specific models about attentional mechanisms in vision, audition, multisensory integration, memory, and semantic processing in humans.
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Neuroscientists, cognitive neuroscientists and cognitive psychologists; academic neurologists and psychiatrists with research careers


Book information

  • Published: October 2013
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-398451-7

Table of Contents

Section 1: Spatial Attention
1. Profiling the Spatial Focus of Visual Attention
2. How the Brain Prevents and Terminates Shifts of Attention
3. Neuronal and Neural-Population Mechanisms of Voluntary Visual-Spatial Attention
4. Sequential Effects in the Central Cue Posner Paradigm - On-line Bayesian Learning
5. ERP-fMRI Combination for the Study of Visual Perception and Spatial Attention
6. Source Localization of Visual Stimuli in Peripersonal Space
7. Involuntary Cross-Modal Spatial Attention Influences Visual Perception

Section 2: Feature and Object Attention
8. Object-Category Processing, Perceptual Awareness, and the Role of Attention during Motion-Induced Blindness
9. Feature- and Object-Based Attention: Electrophysiological and Hemodynamic Correlates
10. Neural Mechanisms of Feature-Based Attention
11. Effects of Preparatory Attention to Non-Spatial Features in the Visual Cortex
12. The Neural Basis of Color Binding to an Attended Object
13. Switching Attention between the Local and Global Levels in Visual Objects
14. Contour Integration: Sensory, Perceptual, and Attention-Based ERP Components
15. Attentional Control of Multisensory Integration is Preserved in Aging

Section 3: Attention and Cognitive Processes
16. An Evolutionary Perspective on Attentional Processes
17. Stimulus-Preceding Negativity (SPN) And Attention to Rewards
18. A Neural Measure of Item Individuation
19. Selective Attention, Processing Load, and Semantics: Insights from Human Electrophysiology
20. Altered N400 Congruity Effects in Parkinson’s Disease Without Dementia
21. Oscillations and Behavior: The Role of Phase-Amplitude Coupling in Cognition