The eyes are windows into the attention span at least
Monkeys find the faces of other monkeys impossible to ignore, especially if they’re showing some sort of emotion like these threat displays. A new study finds the part of the monkey’s brain that strains to maintain focus in the face of distractions.
Credit:Wild rhesus macaques by Lauren Brent
The research was supported by the National Institutes of Health (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