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Part of the SAGE Library in Cognitive and Experimental Psychology series, Attention is edited by Robert Proctor who's based at one of the leading Cognitive Psychology institutions in the US, Purdue. Research on attention has links with area of perception though with very different theoretical roots. It's perhaps the oldest field of research of all topics in this new series, extending back to the start of the last century given its links with each of major cognitive systems associated with the brain - memory, perception, language, learning, thinking and reasoning. As a result it's a core component of any study in Cognitive Psychology throughout the world and receives plenty of research funding.

This four-volume set covers the major works on attention. The articles include both classics in the field and influential recent studies. Attention covers theories of attention, visual attention, auditory and crossmodal attention, and attention in memory and action. The emphasis in the volumes are on the basic, behavioral studies of attention that make up the foundation of the field. This set is a valuable resource, not only for libraries but also for students and researchers in psychology.

Editors' Introduction: Attention
RobertW.Proctor and LenoreE.Read

Attention has been a topic of interest to philosophers and psychologists for centuries. Malebranche (1674/1980) is sometimes given credit for the first in-depth treatment of the topic (Berlyne, 1974), and numerous philosophers after him considered attention at length. Research on attention was a major part of experimental psychology in its infancy in the late 1800s and early 1900s, with Helmholtz (1894), Wundt (1907), and others emphasizing the role of attention in perception, thought, and action. Contemporary research on attention is usually traced to the late 1940s and early 1950s, when researchers from the U.K. reported important findings on vigilance (maintaining watch for infrequent target events over a vigil) and auditory selective attention.

The four volumes of this series include major works ...

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