Imaging brain attention systems: Control and selection in vision

George R Mangun, Sean P. Fannon, Joy J. Geng, Clifford D. Saron

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Abstract

Selective attention is an essential cognitive ability that permits us to effectively process and act upon relevant information while ignoring distracting events. The human capacity to focus attention is at the core of mental functioning. Elucidating the neural bases of human selective attention remains a key challenge for neuroscience and represents an essential aim in translational efforts to ameliorate attentional deficits in a wide variety of neurological and psychiatric disorders. In this chapter, we discuss how functional imaging methods have helped us to understand fundamental aspects of attention: How attention is controlled, and how this control results in the selection of relevant stimuli. Work from our group and from others will be discussed. We will focus on fMRI methods, but where appropriate will include related discussion of electromagnetic recording methods used in conjunction with fMRI.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)353-377
Number of pages25
JournalNeuromethods
Volume41
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009

Keywords

  • Attention
  • Control
  • FMRI
  • Human
  • Selection
  • Vision

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)
  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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