Neural Basis of Attention

Neural Basis of Attention

Giving attention our undivided attention

It improves the productivity of workers, affects the safety of roads and drivers, and impacts the vigilance of military and security personnel. But how does it work?

This project, funded by an NSF EPSCoR Track-2 award, brings together scientists from New Hampshire (Dartmouth College), Montana, Rhode Island, and Nevada to investigate the neural basis of attention.

The EPSCoR Attention Consortium, a collaborative of 13 research labs across 4 universities, is unraveling how attention works in the brain using a diverse array of brain measurement methods, from single cell recording to whole brain imaging. The goal is to better understand how to foster attentional ability in normally functioning brains, as well as in brains in which attentional systems are damaged or in need of repair.

Attention is critical to countless daily tasks, from operating machinery to maintaining safety in high security settings. Eventually, researchers plan to develop a unified model of attention that applies across multiple domains, from single cells to large brain circuits.

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