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Characterizing and improving brain mechanisms of attention
Given the critical importance of selective attention in everyday life for guiding our perceptions, actions, thoughts and memories, characterizing the brain mechanisms of attention is a major goal in mind/brain sciences. Understanding brain mechanisms for attention also has numerous applications, especially with regard to disorders of attention. In this project, we aim to make significant progress in the study of attention by: (a) creating a parsimonious model of the neural mechanisms of attention, (b) improving our ability to measure attention effects in the brain, (c) extending our understanding of attention in single brains to the important social phenomenon of shared attention, (d) using this knowledge to develop new rehabilitation and training methods for clinical and non-clinical populations, and (e) developing a new method to detect patterns of release of attention-related neurotransmitters in the brain.
CIMeC University of Trento, Istitto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), Massachussets General Hospital