Orienting of attention

Today I’ve crossed paths with this article by Micheal Posner on Orienting of Attention (O of A):

2016 Oct; 69(10):1864-75. DOI: 10.1080/17470218.2014.937446. Epub 2014 Aug 30.

Orienting of attention: Then and now.

Posner MI

In this paper, Posner summarizes the background of the reaction time methods in his original paper (‘Orienting of Attention’, 1980) and findings that have emerged later on the sensory consequences of (visual) orienting. He then discusses the brain network that is the source of the sensory amplification and other brain networks that are involved in attention. Next, he reviews studies on the development of attentional networks in early life. Finally, he indicates how the new tools available to explore the human brain can lead to further progress.

I must say that I love how Micheal Posner writes. He’s clear, direct and easy to follow and this article is not an exception. You should definitely spend a rainy afternoon and read it!


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