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Attention in a Social World

Michael I. Posner

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199791217
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932207 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199791217.001.0001

Series: Social Cognition and Social Neuroscience

Attention in a Social World

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The study of attention is central to psychology. This book presents the science of attention in a larger social context, which includes our ability voluntarily to choose and act upon an object of thought. The volume is based on fifty years of research involving behavioral, imaging, developmental, and genetic methods. It describes three brain networks of attention that carry out the functions of obtaining and maintaining the alert state, orienting to sensory events, and regulating responses. The book ties these brain networks to anatomy, connectivity, development, and socialization, and includes material on pathologies that involve attentional networks as well as their role in education and social interaction.

Keywords: attention; object of thought; brain networks; sensory events; regulating responses; education; social interaction

Book.  240 pages. 

Subjects: Neuropsychology

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The Attention System of the Human Brain in Attention in a Social World

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The Alerting Network in Attention in a Social World

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Orienting of Attention in Attention in a Social World

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Executive Network and Self-Regulation in Attention in a Social World

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Development of Attention Networks in Attention in a Social World

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Attention in the Social World in Attention in a Social World

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