publication . Other literature type . Article . 2001

The cognitive neuroscience of sustained attention: where top-down meets bottom-up.

Martin Sarter; Ben Givens; John P Bruno;
  • Published: 01 Apr 2001
  • Publisher: Elsevier BV
Abstract The psychological construct ‘sustained attention’ describes a fundamental component of attention characterized by the subject’s readiness to detect rarely and unpredictably occurring signals over prolonged periods of time. Human imaging studies have demonstrated that activation of frontal and parietal cortical areas, mostly in the right hemisphere, are associated with sustained attention performance. Animal neuroscientific research has focused on cortical afferent systems, particularly on the cholinergic inputs originating in the basal forebrain, as crucial components of the neuronal network mediating sustained attentional performance. Sustained attenti...
free text keywords: General Neuroscience, Clinical Neurology
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