Sacchet et al find that synchronization between the prefrontal and somatosensory cortex may underlie the disengagement of attention.  When a cue signaled that a forthcoming tactile stimulus should be ignored, there was first an increase in alpha (7-14 Hz) synchrony between representations of the unattended stimulus, followed by an increase in beta (15-29 Hz) synchrony.  This study shows how frequency specific interactions between frontal cortex and sensory cortex may underlie the focusing of attention.

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The Miller Lab uses experimental and theoretical approaches to study the neural basis of the high-level cognitive functions that underlie complex goal-directed behavior.