Neural indices of improved attentional modulation over middle childhood

  title={Neural indices of improved attentional modulation over middle childhood},
  author={Carter Wendelken and Carol L. Baym and Adam Gazzaley and Silvia A. Bunge},
  journal={Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience},
The ability to control the focus of attention relies on top-down modulation of cortical activity in areas involved in stimulus processing, and this ability is critical for maintaining items in working memory in the presence of distraction. Prior research demonstrates that children are less capable of focusing attention, relative to adults, and that this ability develops significantly during middle childhood. Here, using fMRI and a face/scene working memory task adapted from Gazzaley and… CONTINUE READING


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