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The Emotion-Attention Interface: Neural, Developmental, and Clinical Considerations

Michael L. Kirwan, Lauren K. White and Nathan A. Fox

in The Oxford Handbook of Social Neuroscience

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780195342161
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195342161.013.0014

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 The Emotion-Attention Interface: Neural, Developmental, and Clinical Considerations

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This chapter provides a basic foundation of the neuroscience, behavior, and development of attention processes and the role that different aspects of attention play in social and emotional behavior. It begins with a brief overview of Posner’s model of attention. It then discusses the normative development of the orienting system and impairments in this system that have been identified in autism and anxiety disorders. The following section reviews the normative development of the executive attention system before shifting to selective deficits in the aforementioned clinical populations. The chapter concludes by discussing future directions for research on the interface between emotion and attention.

Keywords: attention; orienting; disengagement; executive attention; development; anxiety; autism

Article.  12488 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Cognitive Neuroscience ; Social Psychology

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