This book is a testimony to Evgeny Nikolaevich Sokolov's years of work in developing knowledge in the areas of perception, information processing and attention, and to the research it has spawned. It presents a historical account of a research program, leading the reader toward a cognitive science approach to the study of perception and attention. An understanding of neuroscience and mathematical modeling are helpful prerequisites. The co-authors collected data on orienting, attention, and information processing in the brain using single-cell recordings, central, autonomic, cognitive, behavioral, and verbal measures. This commonality brought them together for a series of meetings which resulted in the production of this book. The book ends with a review of some of the co-authors studies that have developed from or in parallel with Sokolov's research. They investigate, in particular, the concepts of attention and anticipation using a psychophysiological methodology.
"The strength of this book lies in its variety of topics, research ideas, and methods…whatever your reading strategy is, by all means, read it."
—American Journal of Psychology
Contents: Preface. Introduction. A Macrolevel Analysis of the Nonsignal Orienting Response. A Macrolevel Analysis of the Signal Orienting Response. A Microlevel Analysis of the Orienting Response Using Extrcellular Recording. A Microlevel Analysis of the Orienting Response Using Intracellular Recording. A Microlevel Analysis of the Orienting Response Using Intracellular Recording From the Isolated Soma. A Microlevel Analysis of the Orienting Response: Extracellular Recording From Detectors and Novelty-Dependent Neurons. Event-Related Potentials and the Orienting Response. Neuronal Organization of Color Space. The Orienting Response and Subjective Space I. The Orienting Response and Subjective Space II. Orienting, Information, and Anticipation. Auditory Event-Related Potentials in the Study of the Orienting Response. Addendum: Underlying Principles of Information Processing.