“The book is well-organized and comprehensive in covering the essential material. The inclusion of human factors material is a strength that is not covered in other books. … The book is a balanced survey which will be of value to graduate students or anyone wanting to enter the field and needing a broad overview.”
“My overall impression is that the authors have combined their expertise and experience in the classroom to provide a text that will clearly cover attention more completely and in a more coherent and less confusing manner than any other available text. … this is the best available text on the psychology of attention at the advanced undergraduate level.”
“This text represents a strong review of the empirical and theoretical developments in attention work.”
“A nice overview of the ‘classic’ work on attention, with up-to-date consideration of the literature, usefully bringing together some more applied literatures in which attention is a central construct…The scholarship seems comprehensive and up-to-date, and the authors do a nice job of presenting research in a fair and neutral manner.”
“The chapters present the material at a level appropriate for a first course on attention. The focus on providing a comprehensive treatment of the highlights of a variety of different topics related to attention is a strength.”
Attention is one of the fastest growing research areas in cognitive psychology. In light of the growing importance of this topic, there are surprisingly few texts that provide a coherent overview of the field of attention. Authors Addie Johnson and Robert W. Proctor have written Attention: Theory and Practice for students, researchers, and practitioners who wish to gain insight into this area in a comprehensible and consistent manner.
Attention: Theory and Practice provides a balance between a readable overview of attention and an emphasis on how theories and paradigms for the study of attention have developed. The book highlights the important issues and major findings while giving sufficient details of experimental studies, models, and theories so that results and conclusions are easy to follow and evaluate. Rather than brushing over tricky technical details, the authors explain them clearly, giving readers the benefit of understanding the motivation for and techniques of the experiments in order to allow readers to think through results, models, and theories for themselves.
Features and benefits of this text:
Balanced. The book gives equal coverage to theory, experimental paradigms and results, neuropsychology, and applications; Adaptable. “Technical Boxes” isolate technical procedures and difficult models, which can be omitted without interrupting the flow of the chapters, allowing instructors to adjust the material to the level of their course; Pedagogical. The book includes brief chapter previews, chapter summaries, highlighted key words, an end-of-book glossary, and an abundance of figures and tables that enhance student understanding.
Attention is an accessible text for advanced undergraduate and graduate students in psychology, as well as an important resource for researchers and practitioners interested in gaining an overview of the field of attention.
Chapter 3: Selective Visual Attention
Selective Visual Attention
To produce coherent behavior in the face of competing and distracting sources of stimulation in the environment, some things must be selected and others ignored. If we were able to attend to everything going on around us, we would be constantly distracted and unable to carry out any action at all. In this sense, it is a useful adaptation that we are aware of only a small portion of our surroundings at a given moment, and that only a limited range of objects can be attended to and acted upon at any one time. As James (1890/1950) pointed out, concentration and focus are the essence of attention. However, although it seems clear that selective attention is necessary, the locus of ...