Attention in Early Development

Attention in Early Development : Themes and Variations

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This text provides both a review of the literature and a theoretical framework for understanding the development of visual attention from infancy to early childhood. Taking a functional approach to the topic, the book discusses the development of the selective and state-related aspects of attention and the emergence of higher-level controls on attention. It also explores the issue of individual differences in these facets of attention and considers the possible origins of early deficits in more

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  • Hardback | 309 pages
  • 158 x 236 x 26mm | 657.71g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • halftones, line figures, tables, bibliography
  • 0195071433
  • 9780195071436

Table of contents

Preface; Introduction; 1. Constructs and Measures; 2. Looking and Visual Attention: Overview and Developmental Framework; 3. Consolidation of the Second Attention System and the Transition at 18 Months; 4. Development of Selectivity; 5. Development of Attention as a State; 6. Focused Visual Attention and Resistance to Distraction; 7. Increasing Independence in the Control of Attention; 8. Attention in Learning and Performance; 9. Individual Differences in Attention; 10. Early Manifestations of Attention Deficits; 11. Individuality and Development; Recapitulation; Bibliography; Indexshow 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"Ruff and Rothbart are both respected scholars in the field of developmental psychology. Their text includes a review of the literature and a theoretical framework of the development of visual attention from infancy through early childhood. Coverage includes the development of selective and state-related aspects of attention; the emergency of higher-level controls on attention; individual differences in attention; and possible origins of childhood ADHD. For clinical psychologists, psychiatrists and early education professionals; also suitable as a textbook for advanced undergraduate and graduate students in education and psychology."--SciTech Book Newsshow more

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