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Mind and BrainA Critical Appraisal of Cognitive Neuroscience$
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William R. Uttal

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262015967

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262015967.001.0001

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(p.229) 6 Attention
Mind and Brain

William R. Uttal

The MIT Press

This chapter focuses on the term “attention,” which is used in the context of psychological research. Several popular definitions of attention are presented along with definitions used by the scientific community to describe attention. However, the definitions presented do not actually define the exact meaning of attention as they revolve only around describing the characteristics or attributes of attention. The chapter discusses the components, types, and distinguishable varieties of attention along with the psychological research on it, which is divided into the classic stage and the modern stage. Different stages of the neuroscientific study of attention, including the classic stage and the stage of brain imaging, are presented. The classic stage study concluded that the complex interaction of different brain regions was associated with attention, which is endorsed by the brain imaging study.

Keywords:   attention, psychological research, neuroscientific study, brain imaging, brain regions

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