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Applied Attention Theory

1st Edition

By Christopher D. Wickens, Jason S. McCarley

CRC Press

248 pages | 40 B/W Illus.

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Eye witness testimony, training, driving, and display design: these are just a few of the real-world domains in which depend on undivided attention. Emphasizing the link between theory and application, Applied Attention Theory provides a deep understanding of how theories of attention, developed from laboratory-based psychological research, can inform our understanding of everyday human performance in a wide number of applications and environments. The basic theories discussed concern divided, focused, and selective attention, and areas of application include mental workload measurement, multi-tasking, distracted driving, complex display design, education, and the training of attentional skills.

  • Includes an extensive reference list and citations to both basic and applied work
  • Provides intuitive descriptions of attentional phenomena in the world beyond the laboratory
  • Discusses applications of attention theory to diverse areas such as graph design, distracted driving, and process control
  • Offers an engineering orientation as well as a psychological orientation to research
  • Highlights the critical role of effort in single task behavior, such as decision and choice, to the extent that humans tend to be effort-conserving in their choice of activities
  • Examines how multiple tasks are managed in a discrete fashion
  • Table of Contents


    Single Channel Theory and Automaticity Theory

    Attention Control

    Visual Attention Control, Scanning and Information Sampling

    Visual Search

    Spatial Attention and Displays

    Resources and Effort

    Time Sharing and Multiple Resource Theory


    Executive Control: Attention Switching, Interruptions and Task-Management

    Individual Differences in Attention

    Cognitive Neurosciences and Neuroergonomics

    About the Authors

    Christopher Dr. Wickens

    Jason S. McCarley

    Subject Categories

    BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
    TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Health & Safety