This article reviews hypothesised links between selective attention and processing across three domains important to early academic skills.
Authors: Courtney Stevens & Daphne Bavelier
Source: Stevens, C. & Bavelier, D. (2012). The role of selective attention on academic foundations: A cognitive neuroscience perspective. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience 2S (2012), S30-S48.
This article reviews hypothesised links between selective attention and processing across three domains important to early academic skills. First, a brief review of the neural bases of selective attention is presented. Second, the developmental time course of selective attention is examined. Third, the processes of selective attention are related to three domains important to academic foundations: language, literacy, and mathematics. Fourth, the possibility of training selective attention is discussed. Fifth, the application of these principles to educationally-focused attention-training programmes for children are examined.
What is selective attention?
Neural bases of selective attention
How does selective attention modulate information processing?
Mechanisms by which selective attention is deployed
Neural mechanisms that actively manage competition from irrelevant stimuli
Development of selective attention
Selective attention and academic performance
How can selective attention be trained?