Integrating Information on Information Integration

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1998, Vol 43(10), 672–673. Review of “Attention and Performance XVI: Information Integration in Perception and Communication” (see record 1996-98459-000). The “Attention and Performance” symposia are well-known for bringing together an international cadre of scientists to offer unique perspectives on theoretical issues in human attention and performance. The hope is that by bringing together individuals, ideas, and data from distinct laboratories around the world, new ideas and themes will emerge. “Attention and Performance XVI,” indicates that these symposia continue to achieve that goal. The twist to the present volume, however, is that the topic of this particular international integration effort is itself information integration. The present volume's emphasis on information integration is, in part, a reaction to the dominance of modular views of brain organization prevalent in the 1980s. The editors' thesis is that, armed with the clear analytical advances provided by a decade or more of research on autonomous brain modules, it is time to nudge the pendulum back toward more global perspectives that emphasize how information from independent modules is integrated. Folk believes this volume provides a wealth of high-quality research and theory on integrative processes in perception, language, and action. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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