The Role That Attention Plays in Language Processing

Although the mechanism of attention is not entirely understood, there is widespread agreement that attention is a limited capacity processing system that can flexibly allocate resources to modulate signal detection and response for controlled action. With respect to language processing, a complex combination of automatic and controlled processing mechanisms, attention plays an important role in mediating the selection of competing candidates so that, for example, the correct word can be activated. The present review summarizes current views on attention mechanisms, types of attention, the neuroscience of attention, and its presumed role in language processing.

from Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders

Advertisements

About Callier Library

Housed at the internationally renowned Callier Center for Communication Disorders, Callier Library a branch facility of the McDermott Library at The University of Texas at Dallas.

Posted on June 14, 2011, in Research. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: