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Volume 5, issue 1

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Attention – theoretical and clinical implications

ANNA WROŃSKA1, TERESA JAKUBOWSKA2, Marta Anczewska1
1. I Kliniki Psychiatrycznej IPiN w Warszawie
2. I Kliniki Neurologicznej IPiN w Warszawie
Postępy Psychiatrii i Neurologii, 1996, 5, 105-110
Keywords: attention theories, neuropsychology, schizophrenia

Abstract

An attempt was made to outline the development of approaches to one of the basic cognitive processes – attention. It is difficult not only to define attention, but also to investigate its underlying mechanisms. In the paper general theories and experimental models of attention are discussed, as well as concepts concerning the relationship between various forms and aspects of the process in question, and the CNS structures and neurochemical mechanisms. In the final part of the paper theoretical concepts dealing with attention-concentration deficits in schizophrenic patients are briefly outlined. According to hypotheses put forward by many authors, the latter deficits are the core of schizophrenia.

Address for correspondence:
Mgr Anna Wrońska, l Klinika Psychiatryczna lPiN, Al. Sobieskiego 1/9,02-957 Warszawa