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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.”

–Steven Yantis, The Johns Hopkins University

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.”

–Mark Faust, University of South Alabama

This text represents a strong review of the empirical and theoretical developments in attention work.”

–Tom Busey, Indiana University

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.”

–Richard Carlson, Pennsylvania State University

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.”

–Art Kramer, University of Illinois

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.

Memory and Attention
Memory and attention
with MarkNieuwenstein

Many of the research findings concerned with attention are, directly or indirectly, dependent on memory. If an observer is able to report what he or she has seen, we can assume that the information is remembered, however briefly. Sometimes it is difficult to determine whether memory or attention is responsible for a certain effect. For example, some priming effects can be attributed to memory (e.g., semantic priming effects assume the involvement of either an implicit or explicit memory system), whereas others might be attributed to a change in stimulus processing (e.g., a rejected location may be subject to temporary inhibition) that may or may not involve memory processes. In this chapter, we attempt to bridge the research on memory ...

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