Human brain regions required for the dividing and switching of attention between two features of a single object

Barrett, N. A., Large, M. M., Smith, G. L., Karayanidis, F., Michie, P.T, Kavanagh, D. J., Fawdry, R., Henderson, D., & O'Sullivan, B. T. (2003) Human brain regions required for the dividing and switching of attention between two features of a single object. Cognitive Brain Research, 17, pp. 1-13.

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This combined PET and ERP study was designed to identify the brain regions activated in switching and divided attention between different features of a single object using matched sensory stimuli and motor response. The ERP data have previously been reported in this journal [64]. We now present the corresponding PET data. We identified partially overlapping neural networks with paradigms requiring the switching or dividing of attention between the elements of complex visual stimuli. Regions of activation were found in the prefrontal and temporal cortices and cerebellum. Each task resulted in different prefrontal cortical regions of activation lending support to the functional subspecialisation of the prefrontal and temporal cortices being based on the cognitive operations required rather than the stimuli themselves.

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ID Code: 29170
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: PET, Working memory, Visual attention, Divided attention, Switching attention, Neural basis of behaviour, Cognition, Prefrontal cortex, Temporal cortex, Cerebellum, Visual stimuli
DOI: 10.1016/S0926-6410(02)00246-X
ISSN: 0926-6410
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Deposited On: 08 Dec 2009 23:12
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:10

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