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Automatic / Controlled Processing

Barry Manor, presumably b.manor at unsw.edu.au
Sat Nov 29 10:30:18 EST 1997


I am looking for opinions on biological concomitants of automatic and 
controlled processes (psychological constructs as suggested by Schneider & 
Shiffrin, 1977).

It seems that the orienting response, mismatch negativity and P300a, among 
others, have all been linked with AUTOMATIC processing in the literature.  
N200 and P300 ERP components have been associated with CONTROLLED processing.  
Any comments on this?

In our lab (in Sydney, Australia) we have an integrated system which allows us 
to record 32-channel EEG, eye movements, pupil area, galvanic skin 
response and cardiac and respiratory rhythms concurrently.

Having collected a reasonable amount of data in a schizophrenia study, I am 
now trying to come to grips with the (tenuous!) link between automatic and 
controlled processing, working memory (e.g. Park & Holzman 1992) and  
short-term visual memory (e.g. Raymond Knight et al., 1985).  I am trying to 
link these concepts in with popular theories on hemispheric dysfunction in 
schizophrenia and associated hemineglect (e.g. Michael Posner and Terrence 

If anyone has expertise in this area or would like to discuss these issues 
further, please contact me via email or post to this newsgroup.



Barry Manor Physiologist Cognitive Neuroscientist Biomedical Engineer.
            PhD Student in Medicine @ University of Sydney, Australia.
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    E-mail: b.manor at unsw.edu.au  (University of New South Wales).

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