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 14 sessions
- June 22, 2004Garrison, New York