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  • PSYCHOLOGY 290    Section: 1


    Spring Quarter 2006

    Units: 4
    Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor. See instructor for CRN.

    Proposal for PSC 290

    Cognitive Neuroscience of Attention III



    Instructor: George R. Mangun

    Quarter offered: Spring 2006

    Number of units: 4

    Prerequisite(s): Graduate status or consent of instructor. Prior coursework in perception, cognitive psychology and physiological psychology/neuroscience.


    Course description: This advanced seminar course will review current and classic literature on attentional mechanisms. A cognitive neuroscience approach will be taken. Evidence from work in humans and animals will be considered.


    Topics to be covered: Cognitive and neural mechanisms of attention. Attentional theories. Neuropsychology of attention.


    Course format (lecture, discussion, etc.): Seminar course. Intensive readings. Review of current and classic literature. Student presentations and group discussion.


    Textbook(s) and Sample Readings: 

    Supplementary text (not required)

    Gazzaniga, Ivry and Mangun., Cognitive Neuroscience: The Biology of Mind. (2nd Edition) W.W. Norton Publishers: New York (2002).

    Sample literature readings:

    Corbetta M, Tansy AP, Stanley CM, Astafiev SV, Snyder AZ, Shulman GL (2005). A functional MRI study of preparatory signals for spatial location and objects. Neuropsychologia. 43(14):2041-2056. Epub 2005 Apr 26.

    Corbetta, M., Kincade, J.M., Ollinger, J.M., McAvoy, M.P., and Shulman, G.L. (2000). Voluntary orienting is dissociated from target detection in human posterior parietal cortex. Nature Neuroscience, 3, 292-297.

    Kastner, S. and Ungerleider, L. (2000). Mechanisms of visual attention in the human cortex . Annual Review of Neuroscience, 23:315341.

    Nobre, A., Coull, J., Frith, C. and Mesulam, M.M. (1999).Orbitofrontal cortex is activated during breeches of  expectation in tasks of visual attention. Nature,  2, 11-12.


    Meeting Time and Place:

    The course will meet at 267 Cousteau Place in East Davis in the conference room of the Center for Mind and Brain. The time will be announced later.



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    George R. Mangun , Ph.D. College of Letters and Science * By appointment