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The Neuropsychology of Attention

  • Ronald A. Cohen

Part of the Critical Issues in Neuropsychology book series (CINP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Foundations of Attention

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Ronald A. Cohen
      Pages 3-9
    3. Brian F. O’Donnell, Ronald A. Cohen
      Pages 11-48
    4. Ronald A. Cohen, Yvonne A. Sparling-Cohen
      Pages 49-73
    5. Ronald A. Cohen, Yvonne A. Sparling-Cohen
      Pages 75-93
    6. Ronald A. Cohen
      Pages 95-113
    7. Ronald A. Cohen, Brian F. O’Donnell
      Pages 115-144
    8. Ronald A. Cohen
      Pages 145-176
    9. Ronald A. Cohen, Brian F. O’Donnell
      Pages 177-186
  3. Neuropsychology of Attention

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 187-187
    2. Ronald A. Cohen
      Pages 219-253
    3. Ronald A. Cohen, Brian F. O’Donnell
      Pages 255-274
    4. Ronald A. Cohen, Brian F. O’Donnell
      Pages 275-305
    5. Ronald A. Cohen
      Pages 307-327
    6. Ronald A. Cohen, Brian F. O’Donnell
      Pages 329-349
  4. Toward an Integrated Attentional Framework

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 351-351
    2. Ronald A. Cohen
      Pages 353-359
    3. Ronald A. Cohen
      Pages 361-373
    4. Brian F. O’Donnell, Ronald A. Cohen
      Pages 375-380
    5. Ronald A. Cohen
      Pages 381-392
    6. Ronald A. Cohen
      Pages 393-407
    7. Ronald A. Cohen
      Pages 409-432
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 483-545

About this book

Introduction

As you read this, you are probably unaware of how your left foot feels in your shoe. Although your brain was receiving sensory input from this foot, you were not aware of your foot because you were reading and not attending to it. However, this discussion led you to move your attention to your left foot and to become aware of it. When I was a medical student, I saw a patient who was unaware of both the left side of his body and the left side of his environment. Unlike people in normal health, who when instructed can become aware of the left side of the body; this patient could not be made aware of his left arm or the left side of his environment. The patient's defect was so profound that despite being hungry he was unaware of food on the left side of his tray and did not recognize that his left arm belonged to him. This left-sided body and spatial unawareness could not be accounted for by a primary sensory defect. Although I knew that this man suffered from a large right-hemisphere stroke, I did not know the brain mechanisms that accounted for this profound example of unawareness. It was not until I had almost completed my neurology training in 1969 that I was able to return to this problem. At that time, most neuropsychological research was directed at understanding the language disorders associated with brain disease.

Keywords

Syndrom assessment of attention attention attention deficit disorder (ADD) attention disorders brain function focused attention neglect syndrome neuropsychology neuropsychology of attention

Authors and affiliations

  • Ronald A. Cohen
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Massachusetts Medical SchoolWorcesterUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-7463-1
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1993
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4419-7462-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4419-7463-1
  • Series Print ISSN 1572-4565
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