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The activation of attentional networks NeuroImage, Vol. 26, No. 2. (June 2005), pp. 471-479, doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2005.02.004 by Jin Fan, Bruce D. McCandliss, John Fossella, Jonathan I. Flombaum, Michael I. Posner
@article{fan-et-al-2005,
abstract = {Alerting, orienting, and executive control are widely thought to be relatively independent aspects of attention that are linked to separable brain regions. However, neuroimaging studies have yet to examine evidence for the anatomical separability of these three aspects of attention in the same subjects performing the same task. The attention network test ({ANT}) examines the effects of cues and targets within a single reaction time task to provide a means of exploring the efficiency of the alerting, orienting, and executive control networks involved in attention. It also provides an opportunity to examine the brain activity of these three networks as they operate in a single integrated task. We used event-related functional magnetic resonance imaging ({fMRI}) to explore the brain areas involved in the three attention systems targeted by the {ANT}. The alerting contrast showed strong thalamic involvement and activation of anterior and posterior cortical sites. As expected, the orienting contrast activated parietal sites and frontal eye fields. The executive control network contrast showed activation of the anterior cingulate along with several other brain areas. With some exceptions, activation patterns of these three networks within this single task are consistent with previous {fMRI} studies that have been studied in separate tasks. Overall, the {fMRI} results suggest that the functional contrasts within this single task differentially activate three separable anatomical networks related to the components of attention.},
address = {Laboratory of Neuroimaging, Department of Psychiatry, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY 10029, USA. Jin.Fan@mssm.edu},
author = {Fan, Jin and McCandliss, Bruce D. and Fossella, John and Flombaum, Jonathan I. and Posner, Michael I.},
citeulike-article-id = {1255951},
doi = {10.1016/j.neuroimage.2005.02.004},
issn = {1053-8119},
journal = {NeuroImage},
keywords = {attention, biology},
month = jun,
number = {2},
pages = {471--479},
pmid = {15907304},
posted-at = {2015-01-28 13:38:24},
priority = {2},
title = {The activation of attentional networks},
url = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2005.02.004},
volume = {26},
year = {2005}
}