Attention in Early Development: Themes and Variations / Edition 1

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Overview

This book provides both a review of the literature and a theoretical framework for understanding the development of visual attention from infancy through early childhood. Taking a functional approach to the topic, the authors discuss the development of the selective and state-related aspects of attention, as well as the emergence of higher-level controls. They also explore the individual differences in these facets of attention, and consider the possible origins of early deficits in attention, which has obvious implications for children with developmental disorders such as attention-deficit hyperactive disorder. These findings will be invaluable to developmental, cognitive, and clinical psychologists and psychiatrists.

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"Ruff and Rothbart have produced a plausible account of the role and development of attention in children. Although the major dependent measures have been based on visual inspection paradigms, this is justified in view of the predominant visual repertoire of humans and the ease of studying this modality in young children. They have produced some testable hypotheses and, where possible, have tried to back up their ideas with neurophysiological findings. This is a relatively new trend in developmental psychology and one to be encouraged. Readers of developmental psychology and attention researchers interested in the origins and development of their topic should read this book, whatever their position on attention modules and circuits." —Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology
Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology
Ruff and Rothbart have produced a plausible account of the role and development of attention in children. Although the major dependent measures have been based on visual inspection paradigms, this is justified in view of the predominant visual repertoire of humans and the ease of studying this modality in young children. They have produced some testable hypotheses and, where possible, have tried to back up their ideas with neurophysiological findings. This is a relatively new trend in developmental psychology and one to be encouraged. Readers of developmental psychology and attention researchers interested in the origins and development of their topic should read this book, whatever their position on attention modules and circuits.
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Ruff and Rothbart are both respected scholars in the field of developmental psychology. Their text includes a review of the literature and a theoretical framework of the development of visual attention from infancy through early childhood. Coverage includes the development of selective and state-related aspects of attention; the emergency of higher-level controls on attention; individual differences in attention; and possible origins of childhood ADHD. For clinical psychologists, psychiatrists and early education professionals; also suitable as a textbook for advanced undergraduate and graduate students in education and psychology. This is a paperbound reprint of the 1996 edition. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195136326
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 5/3/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Albert Einstein College of Medicine

University of Oregon

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Constructs and Measures
3. Looking and Visual Attention: Overview and Developmental Framework
4. Scanning, Searching, and Shifting Attention
5. Development of Selectivity
6. Development of Attention as a State
7. Focused Visual Attention and Resistance to Distraction
8. Increasing Independence in the Control of Attention
9. Attention in Learning and Performance
10. Individual Differences in Attention
11. Early Manifestations of Attention Deficits
12. Individuality and Development
13. Recapitulation
References
Author Index
Subject Index

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