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Neurobiology of Attention 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0123757319
ISBN-10: 0123757312
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"4 STARS! - If there is one book to own on the topic of attention, this is it. Although it is not difficult to find books written on more specific attention topics, this is probably the most complete single volume on the market dedicated to attention."
--Christopher J. Graver, PhD, University of Michigan Health SysteM, in DOODY'S (2005)

"This book will be a standard reference for some time to come in this fascinating and important field."
--Donlin M. Long, in NEUROSURGERY QUARTERLY (2005)

"... this volume would be a valuable addition to the bookshelf of any laboratory concerned with perception and attentional issues. The extensive index also ensures the book is an excellent reference volume, showing once again how issues are represented across each section of the book, from their historical foundations to their standing in computational neuroscience and all of the human neuroscience that transpired in-between. Owing to the immense coverage and depth of this book, it should grab the attention of researchers concerned with neurobiology,experienced and naive alike."
Amanda Ellison, Department of Psychology, Oxford in PERCEPTION, Vol 35 (2006)

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Definitive reference handbook on the topic of neurobiology of attention.
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  • Hardcover: 744 pages
  • Publisher: Academic Press; 1 edition (March 23, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0123757312
  • ISBN-13: 978-0123757319
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 1.5 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,763,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Nick M. Bentley on November 22, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This volume gets most of its points for being comprehensive. The idea is nice: 109 (!) short chapters, each briefly summarizing a different research program related to attention. A great way to quickly get a bird's eye view of current attention research. It has some shortcomings, however, and they are hard for me to forgive, given the book's phenomenal cost. Some of the chapters, I feel, are a bit too brief, almost tossed off. Part of the problem may be that I read the book cover-to-cover, when really it's supposed be used as a kind of reference manual/ jumping-off-point-into-the-literature. Used this way, I imagine that the incompleteness of some chapters might be less bothersome.

A more personal criticism is that there are too many fMRI papers. I find it difficult to use fMRI data to constrain or arrive at mechanistic hypotheses about how brains actually work. I can't hold this against the editors (much), because the book's purpose is to represent current research comprehensively, and fMRI is big. Still, if you have as much trouble interpreting fMRI data as I do, it's another reason the book may afford you less than $150 dollars worth of enlightenment.

Finally, it may not be an ideal choice for students, despite a claim to the contrary on the back cover-- the papers can be very terse, and many assume background knowledge that initiates won't have. Still, there probably is not a more complete, up-to-date sampling of current attention research available between two covers, so it MAY be worth having despite it's flaws if you're a neurobiologist/psychologist working in a related field, and you can get someone else to pay for it.
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