Anterior cingulate cortex makes 2 contributions to minimizing distraction.

@article{Orr2009AnteriorCC,
  title={Anterior cingulate cortex makes 2 contributions to minimizing distraction.},
  author={Joseph M. Orr and Daniel H. Weissman},
  journal={Cerebral cortex},
  year={2009},
  volume={19 3},
  pages={703-11}
}
When we detect conflicting irrelevant stimuli (e.g., nearby conversations), we often minimize distraction by increasing attention to relevant stimuli. However, dissociating the neural substrates of processes that detect conflict and processes that increase attention has proven exceptionally difficult. Using a novel cross-modal attentional cueing task in humans, we observed regional specialization for these processes in the cognitive division of the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC(cd)). Activity… CONTINUE READING

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