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Switching between Dimensions, Locations, and Responses: The Role of the Left Frontopolar Cortex

Authors
Journal
NeuroImage
1053-8119
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
14
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1006/nimg.2001.0837

Abstract

Abstract We review event-related fMRI data regarding the role of the left lateral frontopolar cortex (LFPC) in attentional switching processes. We found LFPC activation when subjects had to reallocate attentional resources, either between visual dimensions (color and motion) or between locations. However, LFPC activation during these dimension or location switches was observed only when subjects had to counteract stimulus-driven attention to an invalid dimension or location. LFPC was not activated following changes of stimulus–response associations. Further experiments will have to show whether LFPC is actively involved in the reallocation of attentional resources or whether it rather has a monitoring function.

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