Multitasking doesn’t work: Why focus isn’t just hocus-pocus.

Earl Miller answers questions about the why and why bad of multitasking.  TODAY.com (1/27/16)

NBC’s The TODAY show: This is your brain on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram other digital platforms (1/27/16)

Earl Miller is scheduled to discuss the myth of multitasking on NBC’s TODAY show tomorrow morning (1/27/16).  Tune in (but only if it is not a distraction).

http://www.today.com/

I like to say that anatomy is the road-and-highway system, activity is the traffic, and oscillations are the traffic lights.  So, here you go:

Human brain networks function in connectome-specific harmonic waves.
Selen Atasoy, Isaac Donnelly & Joel Pearson
Nature Communications 7, Article number: 10340 doi:10.1038/ncomms10340

Oscillatory synchrony of  prefrontal parvalbumin plays a role in top-down control of attention.

Kim, H., Ährlund-Richter, S., Wang, X., Deisseroth, K., & Carlén, M. (2016). Prefrontal Parvalbumin Neurons in Control of Attention. Cell, 164(1), 208-218.

Pascal Fries and crew add to the mounting evidence that slow vs fast oscillations subserve feedback vs feedforward information flow in the cortex.

Michalareas, G., Vezoli, J., van Pelt, S., Schoffelen, J. M., Kennedy, H., & Fries, P. (2016). Alpha-Beta and Gamma Rhythms Subserve Feedback and Feedforward Influences among Human Visual Cortical Areas. Neuron.

Miller Lab alumnus David Freedman is a winner of the 2016 Troland Research Award from the National Academy of Sciences.  Way to go, Dave!  Well deserved.
http://www.nasonline.org/programs/awards/troland-research-awards.html

Here’s the link to Neuron’s Best of 2014-2015 Special Issue:
http://info.cell.com/best-of-neuron-2014-2015

And here’s the paper:
Antzoulatos, E.G. and Miller, E.K. (2014) Increases in functional connectivity between the prefrontal cortex and striatum during category learning.  Neuron, 83:216-225. View PDF

Well done, Evan!

Bichot et al find that a particular part of the prefrontal cortex is the source of information about an object when we search for it.  In other words, when you look for your missing keys, this is the part of the brain that reminds you what they look like.

Bichot, Narcisse P., et al. “A Source for Feature-Based Attention in the Prefrontal Cortex.” Neuron (2015).

Excellent review of how wide-spread brain areas use synchronized rhythms form networks for focusing attention.  Very comprehensive and thorough on both a maco and micro-circuit level.

Womelsdorf, Thilo, and Stefan Everling. “Long-range attention networks: circuit motifs underlying endogenously controlled stimulus selection.” Trends in Neurosciences 38.11 (2015): 682-700.