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The Attention System of the Human Brain

Michael I. Posner

in Attention in a Social World

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199791217
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932207 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199791217.003.0001

Series: Social Cognition and Social Neuroscience

The Attention System of the Human Brain

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Attention is an old topic in psychology, but viewing it as an organ system allows the growing exploration of its physical basis. One goal of this volume is to examine the anatomy and development of brain networks of attention. This chapter defines three networks—alerting, orienting, and executive—and gives a summary of the tools used in exploring them. Attention networks are common to everyone, but their efficiency can be measured and it does differ among individuals.

Keywords: brain networks; attention; organ system; alerting; orienting; executive attention

Chapter.  7440 words. 

Subjects: Neuropsychology

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