Neuropsychology of Attention: Synthesis
A fundamental premise underlies the neuropsychological approach within this book that attention and other cognitive functions are biophysical phenomena that can be operationalized, empirically studied and ultimately characterized and understood. A monistic perspective is assumed such that (1) reality is a unified whole, (2) all of its manifestations can be accounted for by empirical study and ultimately a single system of knowledge, and (3) the mind and body (or more broadly all physical matter) originate from and are reducible to the same substance and common laws and principles. The framework fits most closely with neurophilosophy and with epistemologies that reject dualistic conception of the mind and body as distinct entities, such that the mind is not knowable through the study of physical phenomena. On the other hand, it also assumes that there are multiple paths by which cognition and other “mental” experiences can be studied.
KeywordsNucleus Accumbens Selective Attention Attentional Control Sustained Attention Inferior Parietal Lobule
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