Attention and Memory: An Integrated Framework

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For decades, the fundamental processes underlying memory and attention have been understood within an "information processing" framework in which information passes from one processing stage to another, leading eventually to a response. More recently, however, the attempt to build a general theoretical framework for information processing has been largely supplanted in favor of two more recent approaches: parallel/connectionist models of processing and direct investigations of brain function. In Attention and ...
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For decades, the fundamental processes underlying memory and attention have been understood within an "information processing" framework in which information passes from one processing stage to another, leading eventually to a response. More recently, however, the attempt to build a general theoretical framework for information processing has been largely supplanted in favor of two more recent approaches: parallel/connectionist models of processing and direct investigations of brain function. In Attention and Memory, cognitive psychologist Nelson Cowan reconciles theoretical conflicts in the literature to presents an important, analytical update of the traditional information-processing approach by modifying it to incorporate the last few decades of research on memory, attention, and brain functioning. Throughout, the author cogently considers and ultimately refutes recent challenges to the fundamental assumption of the existence of special short-term memory and selective attention faculties. He also draws a new distinction between memory processes operating inside and outside of the focus of attention. Coherent and balanced, the book offers a clearer understanding of how memory and attention operate together, and how both functions are produced by brain processes. It will be welcomed by students and researchers in cognitive psychology.
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"Students and researchers. . .intrigued by the continuing debates over memory and attention models and their neurological interface will find this a thoughtful and timely work." —Choice
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  • ISBN-13: 9780195119107
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 1/15/1998
  • Series: Oxford Psychology Series , #26
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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University of Missouri-Columbia
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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Modeling Memory and Attention
PART I: Transient Memory Phenomena
2. Sensory Memory Persistence
3. Memory Activation and Attentional Focusing
4. Actual Versus "Virtual" Short-term Memory Phenomena
PART II: Selective Attention Phenomena
5. Attentional Filtering and Orienting
6. Attention and Long-term Memory
7. Attentional Focus and Conscious Awareness
8. Concluding Observations, with Steps Toward Neuroscience

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