Attentional Networks in the Parietal Cortex

G. H. Patel, B. J. He, M. Corbetta

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The parietal cortex in both humans and macaque monkeys plays a central role in focusing attention on behaviorally relevant environmental aspects that are detected through vision, audition, touch, smell, and taste. Areas in the parietal cortex interact with sensory processing areas of the brain to select and enhance such behaviorally relevant information; this information is then available to other brain areas for the planning and execution of physical movement. Damage to the parietal cortex results in a syndrome termed 'neglect,' the chief symptoms of which are a bias in selecting information and planning movements.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Neuroscience
PublisherElsevier Ltd
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9780080450469
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009


  • Attention
  • FMRI
  • Human
  • Inferior parietal lobule
  • Lateral intraparietal area
  • Macaque
  • Neglect
  • Neurophysiology
  • Parietal cortex
  • Spatial
  • Superior parietal lobule
  • Temporoparietal junction
  • Visual

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