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Neuron. 2008 Jul 10;59(1):6-8. doi: 10.1016/j.neuron.2008.06.017.

Noncholinergic neurons in the basal forebrain: often neglected but motivationally salient.

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Department of Neuroscience, Columbia University, 1051 Riverside Drive, Unit 87, New York, NY 10032, USA. brian.lau@columbia.edu

Abstract

Although noncholinergic neurons in the basal forebrain are known to contribute to cognition, their response properties in behaving animals is unclear. In this issue of Neuron, Lin and Nicolelis demonstrate that these neurons represent the motivational salience of sensory stimuli and may modulate cortical processing to direct top-down attention.

PMID:
18614024
DOI:
10.1016/j.neuron.2008.06.017
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