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Illuminating the Neural Circuits Underlying Orienting of Attention

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Institute of Neuroscience, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97401, USA
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Department of Psychology, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403, USA
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Department of Biology, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97401, USA
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Received: 30 October 2018 / Revised: 10 January 2019 / Accepted: 22 January 2019 / Published: 24 January 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Visual Orienting and Conscious Perception)
Human neuroimaging has revealed brain networks involving frontal and parietal cortical areas as well as subcortical areas, including the superior colliculus and pulvinar, which are involved in orienting to sensory stimuli. Because accumulating evidence points to similarities between both overt and covert orienting in humans and other animals, we propose that it is now feasible, using animal models, to move beyond these large-scale networks to address the local networks and cell types that mediate orienting of attention. In this opinion piece, we discuss optogenetic and related methods for testing the pathways involved, and obstacles to carrying out such tests in rodent and monkey populations. View Full-Text
Keywords: attention networks; magnocellular and parvocellular pathways; optogenetics; orienting attention networks; magnocellular and parvocellular pathways; optogenetics; orienting
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Posner, M.I.; Niell, C.M. Illuminating the Neural Circuits Underlying Orienting of Attention. Vision 2019, 3, 4.

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