Attention: The claustrum

Yael Goll, Gal Atlan, Ami Citri

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Abstract

The claustrum is a mysterious thin sheet of neurons lying between the insular cortex and the striatum. It is reciprocally connected with almost all cortical areas, including motor, somatosensory, visual, auditory, limbic, associative, and prefrontal cortices. In addition, it receives neuromodulatory input from subcortical structures. A decade ago, Sir Francis Crick and Christof Koch published an influential review proposing the claustrum as the 'seat of consciousness', spurring a revival of interest in the claustrum. We review the literature on the claustrum, emphasizing recent discoveries, and develop a detailed hypothesis describing a role for the claustrum in the segregation of attention.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)486-495
Number of pages10
JournalTrends in Neurosciences
Volume38
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Attention
  • Bottom up
  • Claustrum
  • Cortex
  • Sensory modalities
  • Top down

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