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Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 1998 Feb 3;95(3):831-8.

Frontoparietal cortical networks for directing attention and the eye to visual locations: identical, independent, or overlapping neural systems?

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  • 1Department of Neurology and Radiology, McDonnell Center for Studies of Higher Brain Functions, Washington University, 660 South Euclid Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110, USA.


Functional anatomical and single-unit recording studies indicate that a set of neural signals in parietal and frontal cortex mediates the covert allocation of attention to visual locations, as originally proposed by psychological studies. This frontoparietal network is the source of a location bias that interacts with extrastriate regions of the ventral visual system during object analysis to enhance visual processing. The frontoparietal network is not exclusively related to visual attention, but may coincide or overlap with regions involved in oculomotor processing. The relationship between attention and eye movement processes is discussed at the psychological, functional anatomical, and cellular level of analysis.

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