Study Identifies Part of Brain Key to Controlling Attention
[Source: Medical News Today]
A team from McGill University in Canada have reported that a network of neurons located in the lateral prefrontal cortex (LPFC) work together to filter visual information to enable focus while ignoring distractions.
Their work, published in Neuron, could have huge implications for people with neurological disease such as ADHD, autism, and schizophrenia, in which attentional focus is dysfunctional.
Previous studies had mainly documented the activity of neurons in the LPFC in response to visual attention independent of each other. “However, in realistic settings, ensembles of simultaneously active LPFC neurons must generate attentional signals on a single-trial basis,” write the authors.
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