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date: 07 July 2020

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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.

Keywords: attention, perception, cognitive neuroscience, working memory

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