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TMS and the functional neuroanatomy of attention

Chambers, CDH; K, ; (2009) TMS and the functional neuroanatomy of attention. Cortex

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Recent years have witnessed the increasing application of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to study the cognitive neuroscience of attention. As a non-invasive method of stimulating discrete cortical regions, this technique has provided new insights into the neural substrates of selection and their temporal dynamics. Key aims and discoveries have included identifying which regions in the frontal and parietal cortex are critical for gating sensory processing, what their timecourse can tell us about the neural networks that support feedforward and feedback processing, and how attentional links are coordinated and maintained between the different senses. Key future challenges will be to understand the relationship between attentional systems and recently documented 'state-dependent' effects of TMS, as well as the integration of TMS and neuroimaging methods to directly illustrate coupling between 'top-down' control regions and their sensory targets.

Type: Article
Title: TMS and the functional neuroanatomy of attention
UCL classification: UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Psychology and Language Sciences (Division of) > Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience
UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/63896
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