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Access and Mediation

A New Approach to Attention

Edited by: Maren Wehrle, Diego D’Angelo and Elizaveta Solomonova

Recent years have seen a rise in interdisciplinary approaches to the study of the mind. Relatively little work, however, has focused on attention, its functions and phenomenology. As a result, there is a multitude of definitions and explanatory frameworks on what attention is, what it does and how it works. This volume proposes an interdisciplinary framework that views attention from a particular angle: as a means of accessing, that is, disclosing the world in a practical and meaningful way. It also investigates how this access is concretely mediated (by technology, culture, environmental conditions).

The book is structured in two parts:

The first section, Attention and Access, is concerned with attention as such. What is attention and what does it do? A common thread between the expected contributions addresses attention as a directional disclosing process, opening up a possibility of access to the world. Contributions from a cognitive psychology/neuroscience are brought into dialogue with phenomenology and philosophy of mind; and link attention research to new paradigms, such as predictive coding, and 4e cognition.

The second section, Attention and Mediation, tackles the question of how this disclosing process may work. Concrete disclosing is always framed by different factors and frames the world. The contributions in this section spell out the different ways in which attention is mediated and shaped by technology, situations, sociality etc., and the ways in which attention mediates our access to the world.

Author Information

M. Wehrle, Erasmus University Rotterdam; E. Solomonova, McGill University, Montreal; D. D’Angelo, Würzburg University.

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