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The Attention System of the Human Brain: 20 Years After

Here, the author update their 1990 Annual Review of Neuroscience article, “The Attention System of the Human Brain.” The framework presented in the original article has helped to integrate behavioral, systems, cellular, and molecular approaches to common problems in attention research. Research on orienting and executive functions has supported the addition of new networks of brain regions. Developmental studies have shown important changes in control systems between infancy and childhood. In some cases, evidence has supported the role of specific genetic variations, often in conjunction with experience, that account for some of the individual differences in the efficiency of attentional networks. The findings have led to increased understanding of aspects of pathology and to some new interventions.

Steven E. Petersen and Michael I. Posner
The Attention System of the Human Brain: 20 Years AfterAnnual Review of Neuroscience
Vol. 35: 73-89 (Volume publication date July 2012)
First published online as a Review in Advance on April 12, 2012
DOI: 10.1146/annurev-neuro-062111-150525


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