Neurobiology of Attention

1st Edition

Editors: Laurent Itti Geraint Rees John Tsotsos
Hardcover ISBN: 9780123757319
eBook ISBN: 9780080454313
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 9th March 2005
Page Count: 744
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Description

A key property of neural processing in higher mammals is the ability to focus resources by selectively directing attention to relevant perceptions, thoughts or actions. Research into attention has grown rapidly over the past two decades, as new techniques have become available to study higher brain function in humans, non-human primates, and other mammals. Neurobiology of Attention is the first encyclopedic volume to summarize the latest developments in attention research.

An authoritative collection of over 100 chapters organized into thematic sections provides both broad coverage and access to focused, up-to-date research findings. This book presents a state-of-the-art multidisciplinary perspective on psychological, physiological and computational approaches to understanding the neurobiology of attention. Ideal for students, as a reference handbook or for rapid browsing, the book has a wide appeal to anybody interested in attention research.

Key Features

  • Contains numerous quick-reference articles covering the breadth of investigation into the subject of attention
  • Provides extensive introductory commentary to orient and guide the reader
  • Includes the most recent research results in this field of study

Readership

Students and researchers studying computational, perceptual, and cognitive neuroscience, as well as neuropsychologists.

Table of Contents

Dedications

Contributors

Foreword: Neurobiology of Attention

Preface

A Brief and Selective History of Attention

A Tour of This Volume

I: FOUNDATIONS

Chapter 1: Computational Foundations for Attentive Processes

I. THEORETICAL BACKGROUND

II. THE COMPUTATIONAL COMPLEXITY OF VISION

III. COMPLEXITY CONSTRAINS THE ARCHITECTURE FOR VISUAL PROCESSING

IV. CONCLUSIONS

Chapter 2: Capacity Limits for Spatial Discrimination

I. INTRODUCTION

II. FEATURE SEGREGATION

III. FEATURE INTEGRATION

IV. FEATURE DETECTION

APPENDIX

Chapter 3: Directed Visual Attention and the Dynamic Control of Information Flow

I. INTRODUCTION

II. DYNAMIC ROUTING

III. DYNAMIC ROUTING CIRCUIT ARCHITECTURE

IV. AUTONOMOUS CONTROL

V. NEUROBIOLOGICAL SUBSTRATES AND MECHANISMS

VI. DISCUSSION

Chapter 4: Selective Attention as an Optimal Computational Strategy

I. THE ATTENTION–AWARENESS MODEL: AN INTRODUCTION

II. LEARNING MOTION WITH AN ARTICULATED ARM

III. ROLE OF THE ATTENTION–AWARENESS MODEL IN LEARNING

IV. CONCLUSIONS

Chapter 5: Surprise: A Shortcut for Attention?

I. INTRODUCTION

II. COMPUTATION OF SURPRISE

III. HABITUATION AND SURPRISE

IV. DISCUSSION: A SHORTCUT FOR ATTENTION

Chapter 6: A Heteromodal Large-Scale Network for Spatial Attention

I. INTRODUCTION

II. HEMISPATIAL NEGLECT

III. THE SPATIAL ATTENTION NETWORK

IV. BRAIN–BEHAVIOR CORRELATIONS

V. INTRANETWORK SPECIALIZATIONS

VI. HEMISPHERIC ASYMMETRY

VII. INTERNETWORK RELATIONSHIPS

VIII. CONCLUSIONS

Chapter 7: Parietal Mechanisms of Attentional Control: Locations, Features, and Objects

I. INTRODUCTION

II. CUING STUDIES OF ATTENTIONAL CONTROL

III. DYNAMIC ATTENTIONAL CONTROL SIGNALS

Details

No. of pages:
744
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Academic Press 2005
Published:
Imprint:
Academic Press
eBook ISBN:
9780080454313
Hardcover ISBN:
9780123757319

About the Editor

Laurent Itti

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Southern California, Computer Science Department, Los Angeles, USA

Geraint Rees

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Cognitive Neurology, University College London, U.K.

John Tsotsos

Affiliations and Expertise

Director Center for Vision Research, York University, Toronto, Canada

Reviews

"4 STARS! - If there is one book to own on the topic of attention, this is it. Although it is not difficult to find books written on more specific attention topics, this is probably the most complete single volume on the market dedicated to attention." --Christopher J. Graver, PhD, University of Michigan Health SysteM, in DOODY'S (2005) "This book will be a standard reference for some time to come in this fascinating and important field." --Donlin M. Long, in NEUROSURGERY QUARTERLY (2005) "... this volume would be a valuable addition to the bookshelf of any laboratory concerned with perception and attentional issues. The extensive index also ensures the book is an excellent reference volume, showing once again how issues are represented across each section of the book, from their historical foundations to their standing in computational neuroscience and all of the human neuroscience that transpired in-between. Owing to the immense coverage and depth of this book, it should grab the attention of researchers concerned with neurobiology,experienced and naive alike." Amanda Ellison, Department of Psychology, Oxford in PERCEPTION, Vol 35 (2006)