A heteromodal large-scale network for spatial attention

Marek-Marsel Mesulam*, Dana M. Small, Rik Vandenberghe, Darren R. Gitelman, Anna C. Nobre

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Hemispatial neglect is usually designated a "parietal syndrome." However, neglect can also arise after lesions in the frontal lobes, cingulate gyrus, striatum, and thalamus. These areas belong to an interconnected large-scale network subserving all aspects of spatial attention. This network helps to compile a mental representation of extrapersonal events in terms of their motivational salience, and to generate "kinetic strategies" so that the attentional focus can shift from one target to another. In the human, the left hemisphere controls attention predominantly within the contralateral right hemispace, whereas the right hemisphere controls attention in both hemispaces. Because of this asymmetry, severe contralesional neglect occurs almost exclusively after right hemisphere lesions and encompasses the left side of extrapersonal space.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNeurobiology of Attention
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9780123757319
StatePublished - Dec 1 2005


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)

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Mesulam, M-M., Small, D. M., Vandenberghe, R., Gitelman, D. R., & Nobre, A. C. (2005). A heteromodal large-scale network for spatial attention. In Neurobiology of Attention (pp. 29-34). Elsevier Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-012375731-9/50010-0