Attention: The Claustrum

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.

Authors: Goll Y, Atlan G and Citri A
Year of publication: 2015
Journal: Trends in Neuroscience, Volume 38, Issue 8, August 2015, Pages 486-495

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