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From behavior to neural dynamics: An integrated theory of attention

Author(s): Buschman, Timothy J.; Kastner, Sabine

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Abstract: The brain has a limited capacity and therefore needs mechanisms to selectively enhance the information most relevant to one’s current behavior. We refer to these mechanisms as ‘attention’. Attention acts by increasing the strength of selected neural representations and preferentially routing them through the brain’s large-scale network. This is a critical component of cognition and therefore has been a central topic in cognitive neuroscience. Here we review a diverse literature that has studied attention at the level of behavior, networks, circuits and neurons. We then integrate these disparate results into a unified theory of attention.
Publication Date: Oct-2015
Citation: Buschman, Timothy J, Kastner, Sabine. (2015). From Behavior to Neural Dynamics: An Integrated Theory of Attention. Neuron, 88 (1), 127 - 144. doi:10.1016/j.neuron.2015.09.017
DOI: doi:10.1016/j.neuron.2015.09.017
ISSN: 0896-6273
Pages: 127 - 144
Type of Material: Journal Article
Journal/Proceeding Title: Neuron
Version: Author's manuscript

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