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Juan Lupiáñez

Closing Lecture

Cognitive Neuroscience research group, University of Granada, Granada, Spain



Juan Lupiáñez received his PhD in Psychology by the University of Granada, in 1996. He is currently Full Professor of Experimental Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Granada, where he is the director of the Cognitive Neuroscience research group. He is currently president of the Spanish Society of Experimental Psychology (SEPEX). Most of his research deals with different aspects of Cognitive Neuroscience in general, and in particular with Attention and its relation to other processes such as Emotion, Learning and Memory, Spatial Processing and Consciousness. 


Attention and Vigilance: three attentional functions and two sources of control, the ANTI-Vea task.

Human attention is a complex concept encompassing multiple components. In this talk I will present an integrative model in which the three attentional functions of selection (selection of information, in the input, or attentional orienting, selection in time, or alertness, and selection in the output, or cognitive control), are carried out either automatically under stimulus-driven control or rather voluntarily under top-down control. Then, I will introduce the ANTI-Vea task, which constitutes a validated tool for the measurement of the three attentional functions and their interactions, together with two differentiated vigilance components, Executive Vigilance ─the ability to maintain attention to detect infrequent events─ and Arousal Vigilance ─ the activation levels throughout the sleep-wake cycle─. Data from different experiments with the ANTI-Vea task will be presented showing its usefulness to dissociate the two vigilance components, and to characterize attentional performance in different populations.