Functional and structural architecture of the human dorsal frontoparietal attention network

Sara M. Szczepanski, Mark A. Pinsk, Malia M. Douglas, Sabine Kastner, Yuri B. Saalmann

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The dorsal frontoparietal attention network has been subdivided into at least eight areas in humans. However, the circuitry linking these areas and the functions of different circuit paths remain unclear. Using a combination of neuroimaging techniques to map spatial representations in frontoparietal areas, their functional interactions, and structural connections, we demonstrate different pathways across human dorsal frontoparietal cortex for the control of spatial attention. Our results are consistent with these pathways computing object-centered and/or viewer-centered representations of attentional priorities depending on task requirements. Our findings provide an organizing principle for the frontoparietal attention network, where distinct pathways between frontal and parietal regions contribute to multiple spatial representations, enabling flexible selection of behaviorally relevant information.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15806-15811
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Issue number39
StatePublished - Sep 24 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General


  • Connectivity
  • DTI
  • FMRI
  • Frontal cortex
  • Parietal cortex


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