Attention in Action: Advances from Cognitive Neuroscience

Hardcover (Print)
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $240.75
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (1) from $240.75   
  • Used (1) from $240.75   


Over the past forty years much work has assessed how attention modulates perception, but relatively little work has evaluated the role of attention in action. This is despite the fact that recent research indicates that the relation between attention and action is a crucial factor in human performance. Attention in Action provides state-of-the-art discussion of the role of attention in action and of action in constraining attention. The research takes an interdisciplinary approach covering experimental studies of attention and action, neuropsychological studies of patients with impaired action and attention, single cell studies of cross-modal links in attention and action, and brain imaging studies on the underlying neural circuitry. Contributions from prominent international researchers both review the field and present new evidence, making this book an invaluable resource for researchers and therapists alike.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Attention in Action is a rich compendium of previous findings and a stimulating source of new information about previously unpublished results. The book signals the emergence of a burgeoning area of study in cognitive neuroscience and kindred fields." - David A. Rosenbaum, Pennsylvania State University, USA

"The immensely rich, two-way interaction between selective perception and intended or ongoing action has become one of the hottest topics in cognitive science, where perception-action integration is now centre-stage. This volume exemplifies some of the most exciting work being done in this dynamic and rapidly growing area of research, by many of its leading contributors." - Alan Allport, Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford, UK

"Cognitive neuroscientists will find what they are looking for in this book, which presents convincing research findings and gives detailed descriptions of new theories of attention systems."Clinical Psychology Forum 189, September 2008

Read More Show Less

Product Details

Meet the Author

Glyn W. Humphreys is Professor of Cognitive Psychology. He is a recipient of the British Psychological Society's Spearman Medal (1986), the Cognitive Psychology Prize (1999) and the President's Award (1999). M. Jane Riddoch is Professor of Neuropsychology. She is the author of four books and over one hundred papers on the neuropsychology of vision, attention and action.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

1 Attending to what you are doing : neuropsychological and experimental evidence for interactions between perception and action 3
2 Hierarchical systems of attention and action 27
3 Attentional selection in sequential manual movements, movements around an obstacle and in grasping 69
4 Intention in action 93
5 Intention and reactivity 109
6 Selective attention for action : new evidence from visual search studies 131
7 Attention and inaction : mechanisms for preventing distractor responses 151
8 Object- and location-based inhibition in goal-directed action : inhibition of return reveals behavioural and anatomical associations and interactions with memory processes 171
9 A map of complex movements in motor cortex of primates 211
10 Spatial representations and attentional systems for action in the parietal cortex 233
11 Prefrontal cortex and attention to action 263
12 A neuroimaging study of selection-for-action: a reach-to-grasp study 287
13 Action binding and the parietal lobes : some new perspectives on optic ataxia 303
14 Selective attention and response control following damage to the human pulvinar 325
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)