The frontoparietal network is critical for our ability to coordinate behavior in a rapid, accurate, and flexible goal-driven manner. In this review, we outline support for the framing of the frontoparietal network as a distinct control network, in part functioning to flexibly interact with and alter other functional brain networks. This network coordination likely occurs in a 4 Hz to13 Hz rhythm, both during resting state and task state. Precision mapping of individual human brains has revealed that the functional topography of the frontoparietal network is variable between individuals, underscoring the notion that group-Average studies of the frontoparietal network may be obscuring important typical and atypical features. Many forms of psychopathology implicate the frontoparietal network, such as schizophrenia and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Given the interindividual variability in frontoparietal network organization, clinical studies will likely benefit greatly from acquiring more individual subject data to accurately characterize resting-state networks compromised in psychopathology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)133-141
Number of pages9
JournalDialogues in Clinical Neuroscience
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2018


  • Cognitive flexibility
  • Frontoparietal
  • Intraparietal sulcus
  • Lateral prefrontal cortex
  • Psychopathology
  • cognitive control


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