Development of Visual-Spatial Attention

  • Scott P. JohnsonEmail author
Part of the Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences book series (CTBN, volume 41)


This chapter reviews literature on development of visual-spatial attention. A brief overview of brain mechanisms of visual perception is provided, followed by discussion of neural maturation in the prenatal period, infancy, and childhood. This is followed by sections on gaze control, eye movement systems, and orienting. The chapter concludes with consideration of development of space, objects, and scenes. Visual-spatial attention reflects an intricate set of motor, perceptual, and cognitive systems that work jointly and all develop in tandem.


Attention Human development Infancy Neural development Object perception Spatial perception Visual perception 


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