:: Volume 22, Issue 2 (7-2013) ::
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Auditory attention: foundations, theories, and mechanisms
Hossein Talebi 1, Saeideh Mehrkian1
1- Department of Audiology, University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences, Tehran, Iran
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Background and Aim: There are four fundamental processes of attention: working memory, top-down sensitivity control, competitive selection, and automatic bottom-up filtering for salient stimuli. Each process makes an essential contribution to attention. Voluntary control operates on the first three processes in a recurrent loop. We reviewed comprehensive researches, theories, mechanisms, and central nervous system functions of auditory attention.

Methods: In this study, publications on auditory attention from 1953 to 2012 in PubMed, Scopus, ProQuest, Iran Medex, and Goole scholar were reviewed. Keywords were auditory attention and related words.

Conclusion: In general, auditory attention plays an important role in auditory processing and modulates this process from cochlea to auditory cortex through its four primary components.

Keywords: Auditory attention, working memory, top-down process, competitive selection, automatic bottom-up filtering
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Type of Study: Review | Subject: Central auditory processing
Received: 2012/11/25 | Accepted: 2013/02/3 | Published: 2013/10/15

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