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Neural mechanisms of attention and control: losing our inhibitions?

Nature Neuroscience volume 8, pages 16311633 (2005) | Download Citation

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How are we able to focus our attention on the task at hand while ignoring myriad distractions? An elegant neuroimaging study in this issue finds that, contrary to a widely held view, the prefrontal cortex implements attentional control by amplifying task-relevant information, rather than by inhibiting distracting stimuli.

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  1. Sander Nieuwenhuis is at the Department of Cognitive Psychology, Vrije Universiteit, Van der Boechorststraat 1, 1081 BT, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. stn20@dds.nl

    • Sander Nieuwenhuis
  2. Nick Yeung is at the Department of Psychology, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. nyeung@cmu.edu

    • Nick Yeung

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