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The control of attention and actions: Current research and future developments


Ullsperger,  Markus
Department Cognitive Neurology, MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Max Planck Society;

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Kok, A., Ridderinkhof, K. R., & Ullsperger, M. (2006). The control of attention and actions: Current research and future developments. Brain Research, 1105, 1-6. doi:10.1016/j.brainres.2006.03.027.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0010-DFAC-5
In this introductory article of the special issue of Brain Research , we first present an overview of some general questions relating to cognitive control. For instance, one of the questions that remain to be answered is what control mechanisms and their neural underpinnings really ‘ do ’ , beyond what is done by more basic ‘ computational ’ or data processing systems in the brain. We then briefly describe the four major issues addressed in the separate articles of this issue, namely attentional orienting, task set switching, performance and error monitoring, and response inhibition .Inconclusion,wefocusonsomenew methodological directions and illustrate how the study of cognitive control may be augmented by relatively newly emerging theoretical and empirical perspectives.