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Cortical specialization for attended versus unattended working memory

Christophel, T. B., Iamshchinina, P., Yan, C., Allefeld, C. ORCID: 0000-0002-1037-2735 and Haynes, J-D. (2018). Cortical specialization for attended versus unattended working memory. Nature Neuroscience, 21(4), doi: 10.1038/s41593-018-0094-4

Abstract

Items held in working memory can be either attended or not, depending on their current behavioral relevance. It has been suggested that unattended contents might be solely retained in an activity-silent form. Instead, we demonstrate here that encoding unattended contents involves a division of labor. While visual cortex only maintains attended items, intraparietal areas and the frontal eye fields represent both attended and unattended items.

Publication Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Departments: School of Arts & Social Sciences > Psychology
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/22801
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