- Oxford Library of Psychology
- Oxford Library of Psychology
- About the Editors
- Introduction to The Oxford Handbook of Cognitive Neuroscience: Cognitive Neuroscience—Where Are We Now?
- Representation of Objects
- Representation of Spatial Relations
- Top-Down Effects in Visual Perception
- Neural Underpinning of Object Mental Imagery, Spatial Imagery, and Motor Imagery
- Looking at the Nose Through Human Behavior, and at Human Behavior Through the Nose
- Cognitive Neuroscience of Music
- Neural Correlates of the Development of Speech Perception and Comprehension
- Perceptual Disorders
- Varieties of Auditory Attention
- Spatial Attention
- Attention and Action
- Visual Control of Action
- Development of Attention
- Attentional Disorders
- Semantic Memory
- Cognitive Neuroscience of Episodic Memory
- Working Memory
- Motor Skill Learning
- Memory Consolidation
- Age-Related Decline in Working Memory and Episodic Memory Contributions of the Prefrontal Cortex and Medial Temporal Lobes
- Memory Disorders
- Cognitive Neuroscience of Written Language: Neural Substrates of Reading and Writing
- Neural Systems Underlying Speech Perception
- Multimodal Speech Perception
- Organization of Conceptual Knowledge of Objects in the Human Brain
- A Parallel Architecture Model of Language Processing
- Epilogue to The Oxford Handbook of Cognitive Neuroscience—Cognitive Neuroscience: Where Are We Going?
Abstract and Keywords
Research on attention is one of the major areas of investigation within psychology, neurology, and cognitive neuroscience. There are many areas of active investigations that aim to understand the brain networks and mechanisms that support attention, in addition to the relationship between attention and other cognitive processes like working memory, vigilance, and learning. This chapter focuses on auditory attention, with a particular emphasis on studies that have examined the neural underpinnings of sustained, selective, and divided attention. The chapter begins with a brief discussion regarding the possible role of attention in the formation and perception of sound objects as the underlying units of selection. The similarities and differences in neural networks supporting various aspects of auditory attention, including selective attention, sustained attention, and divided attention are then discussed. The chapter concludes with a description of the neural networks involved in the control of attention and a discussion of future directions.
Claude Alain is Senior Scientist and Assistant Director Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest Centre; Professor Department of Psychology & Institute of Medical Sciences, University of Toronto.
Stephen R. Arnott, Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care.
Benjamin J. Dyson, Department of Psychology, Ryerson University.
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