Attention in Early Development
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Attention in Early Development : Themes and Variations

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This book provides both a review of the literature and a theoretical framework for understanding the development of visual attention from infancy through early childhood. Taking a functional approach to the topic, the authors discuss the development of the selective and state-related aspects of attention, as well as the emergence of higher-level controls. They also explore the individual differences in these facets of attention, and consider the possible origins of early deficits in attention, which has obvious implications for children with developmental disorders such as attention-deficit hyperactive disorder. These findings will be invaluable to developmental, cognitive, and clinical psychologists and psychiatrists.show more

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  • Paperback | 310 pages
  • 156.2 x 234.4 x 17.5mm | 552.39g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • numerous black and white photographs and tables
  • 0195136322
  • 9780195136326

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This book provides both a review of the literature and a theoretical framework for understanding the development of visual attention from infancy through early childhood. The authors discuss the development of selective and state-related aspects of attention in infants and young children, as well as the emergence of higher-level controls on attention. They also explore individual differences in attention and consider the possible origins of childhood deficits in attention. The reviews of research and the theoretical discussion will be invaluable to developmental, cognitive, and clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, and professionals involved in early education, and this work can be a useful text for advanced undergraduate and graduate students in education and psychology.show more

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Ruff and Rothbart have produced a plausible account of the role and development of attention in children. Although the major dependent measures have been based on visual inspection paradigms, this is justified in view of the predominant visual repertoire of humans and the ease of studying this modality in young children. They have produced some testable hypotheses and, where possible, have tried to back up their ideas with neurophysiological findings. This is a relatively new trend in developmental psychology and one to be encouraged. Readers of developmental psychology and attention researchers interested in the origins and development of their topic should read this book, whatever their position on attention modules and circuits. * Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology *show more

Table of contents

1. Introduction ; 2. Constructs and Measures ; 3. Looking and Visual Attention: Overview and Developmental Framework ; 4. Consolidation of the Second Attention Systems and the Transition at 18 Months ; 5. Development of Selectivity ; 6. Development of Attention as a State ; 7. Focused Visual Attention and Resistance to Distraction ; 8. Increasing Independence in the Control of Attention ; 9. Attention in Learning and Performance ; 10. Individual Differences in Attention ; 11. early Manifestations of Attention Deficits ; 12. Individuality and Development ; 13. Recapitulationshow more

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