Orienting of Attention

Michael I. Posner

in Attention in a Social World

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199791217
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932207 | DOI:

Series: Social Cognition and Social Neuroscience

Orienting of Attention

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This chapter lays out the anatomical basis for a brain system involved in orienting to sensory stimulation. Orienting involves aligning attention with a source of sensory signals. This may be overt, as in eye movements, or covert, without any movement. Orienting can be manipulated by presenting a cue indicating where in space a person should attend, thereby directing attention to the cued location. The results of behavioral studies of orienting, lesion studies, imaging studies, and cellular and molecular genetic studies are discussed.

Keywords: brain system; sensory stimulation; eye movements; behavioral studies; lesion studies; imaging studies; cellular studies; molecular genetic studies

Chapter.  6903 words. 

Subjects: Neuropsychology

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