New research led by postdoc Daniel Baldauf provides insight on how the brain pays attention.
Teasing apart the mechanisms that allow us to focus on an object, a location, or specific features of an object is a particularly challenging area of research. Recent work from the Desimone lab has revealed that the a region of the prefrontal cortex, the interior frontal junction (IFJ), is instrumental in delegating neural signals between other areas in the brain devoted to attention to specific types of objects.
This exciting work takes advantage of both functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and magnetoencephalography (MEG) to decode subjects’ brain activity with unprecedented temporal accuracy. It was published in the April 25th edition of Science, and is also featured in MIT News.