Send to

Choose Destination
Nat Rev Neurosci. 2006 May;7(5):367-79.

Typologies of attentional networks.

Author information

Department of Psychiatry, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York 10032, USA.


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.

[Indexed for MEDLINE]

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for Nature Publishing Group
Loading ...
Support Center