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Attention is a cognitive process in which a person or animal concentrates on one thing in particular. To attend to something is to focus, heed or take notice of that thing irrespective of what else is going on in the surroundings.
Though people are easily able to recall items in a category without mentioning a wrong exemplar, the mechanism underlying this ability is unknown. Here, authors use intracranial recordings to show that this ability is likely due to a selective increase in baseline neuronal activity in category-specific regions.
Predicting an individual's behavior is a formidable challenge for neuroimaging. A study now finds a strong link between an individual's ability to sustain attention and an extended, but specific, set of brain connections.