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Attention! How eyes reveal the brain’s focus

The eyes are windows into the at least

Monkey Collage
find the faces of other impossible to ignore, especially if they’re showing some sort of emotion like these . A new study finds the part of the monkey’s brain that strains to maintain focus in the face of distractions.
Credit:Wild by Lauren Brent


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The research was supported by the (R01-MH-086712 and R01-MH-089484) and the U.S. Department of Defense (W81XWH-11-1-0584).

CITATION: “Neuronal Activity in Primate Dorsal Anterior Cingulate Cortex Signals Task Conflict and Predicts Adjustments in Pupil-Linked Arousal,” R. Becket Ebitz, Michael L. Platt. Neuron, February 4, 2015. DOI: 10.1016/j.neuron.2014.12.053

Duke University