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Timothy J. Buschman, Sabine Kastner. From Behavior to Neural Dynamics: An Integrated Theory of Attention. Neuron, 2015; 88 (1): 127 DOI: 10.1016/j.neuron.2015.09.017

Single theory

Authors attempt to integrate (…) ocean of findings into a single theory. In basic terms, they propose that attention is a cascade of effects beginning when a relevant stimulus (e.g., a flash of light, a bolded word) grabs the attention of the front of the brain. From there, neurons suppress competing stimuli so that there is increased focus on what’s relevant and decreased external ‘noise.’