Group Analysis 32 (2):243-253 (1999)
This article explores the evolution of human attention, focusing particularly on the phylogenetic and ontogenetic implications of the work of the American social psychiatrist Trigant Burrow. Attentional development is linked to the emergence of visual perspective, and this, in turn, is related to Burrow's notion of `ditention' (divided or partitive attention). Burrow's distinction between `ditention' and `cotention' (total organismic awareness) is examined, and, expanding on this, a threefold pattern of perceptual change is identified: prototention-->ditention-->cotention. Next, ditentive visual perspective is related to binocular convergence, and the author makes use of the perspectivally ambiguous, `non-convergent' Gestalt figure known as the Necker Cube to illustrate cotention. The paper concludes by proposing that the shift from the currently pervasive ditentive pattern of awareness to a cotentive mode could have a salutary effect on human society.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
How Many Processes Are Responsible for Phenotypic Evolution?Giuseppe Fusco - 2001 - Evolution & Development 3 (4):279-286.
Ancestral Roots: Modern Living and Human Evolution.Timothy Clack - 2009 - Macmillan.
The Role of Organizational Professionals in the Conscious Evolution of Business and Society.Sherryl Stalinski - 2003 - World Futures 59 (8):625 – 630.
A Mind So Rare: The Evolution of Human Consciousness.Merlin Donald - 2001 - W.W. Norton.
Ernst von Glasersfeld and the Italian Operational School: Didactic Implications of Operational Awareness.P. Parini - 2011 - Constructivist Foundations 6 (2):140-149.
Representation of Change: Separate Electrophysiological Markers of Attention, Awareness, and Implicit Processing.Diego Fernandez-Duque, Giordana Grossi, Ian Thornton & Helen Neville - 2003 - Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 15 (4):491-507.
Binocular Rivalry and the Cerebral Hemispheres, with a Note on the Correlates and Constitution of Visual Consciousness.S. M. Miller - 2001 - Brain and Mind 2 (1):119-49.
The Rhythm of the Eyes: Overt and Covert Attentional Pointing.John M. Findlay, Valerie Brown & Iain D. Gilchrist - 1997 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 20 (4):747-747.
Added to index2009-07-13
Total downloads31 ( #158,863 of 2,146,811 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #385,701 of 2,146,811 )
How can I increase my downloads?
There are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.