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Attention and Memory

Nelson Cowan

Published in print February 1998 | ISBN: 9780195119107
Published online January 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780199870097 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195119107.001.0001

Series: Oxford Psychology Series

Attention and Memory

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For decades, the fundamental processes underlying memory and attention have been understood within an “information processing” framework in which information passes from one processing stage to another, leading eventually to a response. More recently, however, the attempt to build a general theoretical framework for information processing has been largely supplanted in favor of two more recent approaches: mathematical models of processing and direct investigations of brain function. This book reconciles theoretical conflicts in the literature to present an important, analytical update of the traditional information-processing approach by modifying it to incorporate the last few decades of research on memory, attention, and brain functioning. Throughout, the book cogently considers and ultimately refutes recent challenges to the fundamental assumption of the existence of special short-term memory and selective attention faculties. It also draws a key distinction between memory processes operating inside and outside of the focus of attention. The book hopes to foster an understanding of how memory and attention operate together, and how both functions are produced by brain processes.

Keywords: conscious awareness; long-term memory; short-term memory; memory activation; focus; attentional filtering; habituation of orienting; information processing model; mathematical models; selective attention; sensory memory

Book.  336 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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