Attention and Cognitive Control

Attention and Cognitive Control


Attention is defined as the ability to selectively process one source of information over others. Cognitive control is defined as the ability to act (or think) in accord with an intention. Both of these functions have been the subject of intense study in psychology and neuroscience, and yet our understanding of them, their relationship to one another, and their underlying neural mechanisms is still largely incomplete. Attention and control are also central constructs in Buddhist theory and meditative practice. In this presentation, Jonathan Cohen will review what scientific research has taught us about attention and cognitive control, and how these are studied in the laboratory using behavioral and neuroscientific methods.

  • SRI 1
    4 sessions
  • June 22, 2004
    Garrison, New York
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Jonathan Cohen

Jonathan Cohen is Professor of Psychology, Director of the Center for the Study of Brain, Mind and Behavior and Director of the Program in Neuroscience at Princeton University. He is also Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He received a B.A. from Yale University, an M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University. He has received the NIMH Training Award in Psychiatry; the Annual Resident Research Award, Northern California Psychiatric Society; the Miller Foundation Prize for Research in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; the NIMH Physician Scientist Award; the NIMH First Award; the Joseph Zubin Memorial Fund Award for Research in Psychopathology; and the Kempf Fund Award.