Typologies of attentional networks
Nature Reviews Neuroscience
Format: Journal Article
Publication Year: n.d.
Library/Archive: © 2006 Nature Publishing Group
Sources ID: 22282
Zotero Collections: Contemplation by Applied Subject, Neuroscience and Contemplation, Psychology and Contemplation, Science and Contemplation
Attention is a central theme in cognitive science — it exemplifies the links between the brain and behaviour, and binds psychology to the techniques of neuroscience. A visionary model suggested by Michael Posner described attention as a set of independent control networks. This challenged the previously held view of attention as a uniform concept. The idea that disparate attentional networks correlate with discrete neural circuitry and can be influenced by focal brain injuries, mental state and specific drugs has since been supported by converging data from several modern methodologies. Given the recent explosion in empirical data, attentional typologies provide powerful conceptual tools with which to contextualize and integrate these findings.