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Nat Neurosci. 2018 Apr;21(4):494-496. doi: 10.1038/s41593-018-0094-4. Epub 2018 Mar 5.

Cortical specialization for attended versus unattended working memory.

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1
Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience and Berlin Center for Advanced Neuroimaging and Clinic for Neurology, Charité Universitätsmedizin, corporate member of Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, and Berlin Institute of Health, Berlin, Germany. tbchristophel@gmail.com.
2
Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience and Berlin Center for Advanced Neuroimaging and Clinic for Neurology, Charité Universitätsmedizin, corporate member of Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, and Berlin Institute of Health, Berlin, Germany.
3
Berlin School of Mind and Brain, Humboldt Universität, Berlin, Germany.
4
Cluster of Excellence NeuroCure, Charité Universitätsmedizin, corporate member of Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, and Berlin Institute of Health, Berlin, Germany.
5
Department of Psychology, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Berlin, Germany.
6
SFB 940 Volition and Cognitive Control, Technische Universität Dresden, Dresden, Germany.

Abstract

Items held in working memory can be either attended or not, depending on their current behavioral relevance. It has been suggested that unattended contents might be solely retained in an activity-silent form. Instead, we demonstrate here that encoding unattended contents involves a division of labor. While visual cortex only maintains attended items, intraparietal areas and the frontal eye fields represent both attended and unattended items.

PMID:
29507410
DOI:
10.1038/s41593-018-0094-4

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