Attentional Control in the Aging Brain: Insights from an fMRI Study of the Stroop Task

  title={Attentional Control in the Aging Brain: Insights from an fMRI Study of the Stroop Task},
  author={Michael Peter Milham and Kirk I. Erickson and Marie T. Banich and Arthur F. Kramer and Andrew G. Webb and Tracey Mencio Wszalek and Neal J. Cohen},
  journal={Brain and Cognition},
Several recent studies of aging and cognition have attributed decreases in the efficiency of working memory processes to possible declines in attentional control, the mechanism(s) by which the brain attempts to limit its processing to that of task-relevant information. Here we used fMRI measures of neural activity during performance of the color-word Stroop task to compare the neural substrates of attentional control in younger (ages: 21-27 years old) and older participants (ages: 60-75 years… 

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