Chapter 7 - The Attending Brain

Links and Media

Professor Geoff Boynton being interviewed on the neural basis of attention
Professor Marlene Behrmann being interviewed on disorders of attention and perception
A demonstration of change blindness
Two first-hand accounts of hemispatial neglect
A lecture from Professor Jamie Ward, author of The Student’s Guide to Cognitive Neuroscience on “The Spatial Brain”

Additional Reading

An influential summary of the Feature Integration Theory and the processing shift between parallel versus serial mechanisms of attention
Treisman, A. (1988). Features and objects: The fourteenth Bartlett memorial lecture. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 40A, 201–237.
An important experimental finding, using fMRI, to show that attention is comprised of distinct mechanisms with separable neural mechanisms
Corbetta, M., Kincade, J. M., Ollinger, J. M., McAvoy, M. P., & Shulman, G. L. (2000). Voluntary orienting is dissociated from target detection in human posterior parietal cortex. Nature Neuroscience, 3(3), 292–297.
A recent overview, drawing heavily on primate electrophysiology, on the neural mechanisms of attention and how this is linked to actions such as saccades
Bisley, J. W. & Goldberg, M. E. (2010). Attention, intention, and priority in the parietal lobe. In S. E. Hyman (Ed.), Annual Review of Neuroscience, 33, 1–21.