+ Site Statistics
+ Search Articles
+ PDF Full Text Service
How our service works
Request PDF Full Text
+ Follow Us
Follow on Facebook
Follow on Twitter
Follow on LinkedIn
+ Subscribe to Site Feeds
Most Shared
PDF Full Text
+ Translate
+ Recently Requested

The allocation of attention to learning of goal-directed actions: a cognitive neuroscience framework focusing on the Basal Ganglia

The allocation of attention to learning of goal-directed actions: a cognitive neuroscience framework focusing on the Basal Ganglia

Frontiers in Psychology 3: 535

The present paper builds on the idea that attention is largely in service of our actions. A framework and model which captures the allocation of attention for learning of goal-directed actions is proposed and developed. This framework highlights an evolutionary model based on the notion that rudimentary functions of the basal ganglia have become embedded into increasingly higher levels of networks which all contribute to adaptive learning. Supporting the proposed model, background literature is presented alongside key evidence based on experimental studies in the so-called "split-brain" (surgically divided cerebral hemispheres), and selected evidence from related areas of research. Although overlap with other existing findings and models is acknowledged, the proposed framework is an original synthesis of cognitive experimental findings with supporting evidence of a neural system and a carefully formulated model of attention. It is the hope that this new synthesis will be informative in fields of cognition and other fields of brain sciences and will lead to new avenues for experimentation across domains.

Please choose payment method:

(PDF emailed within 0-6 h: $19.90)

Accession: 056234857

Download citation: RISBibTeXText

PMID: 23267335

DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2012.00535

Related references

Temporal variation in the control of goal-directed visuospatial attention in basal ganglia disorders. Neuroscience Research 54(1): 57-65, 2006

Involvement of the basal ganglia and dopamine system in learning and execution of goal-directed behavior. Nagatsu, Toshiharu , Reprint Author, Nabeshima, Toshitaka, McCarty, Richard, Goldstein, David S Catecholamine research: From molecular insights to clinical medicine: 377-380, 2002

A spiking neuron model of the cortico-basal ganglia circuits for goal-directed and habitual action learning. Neural Networks 41: 212-224, 2013

Neuromodulatory adaptive combination of correlation-based learning in cerebellum and reward-based learning in basal ganglia for goal-directed behavior control. Frontiers in Neural Circuits 8: 126, 2014

Neural activity in cortico-basal ganglia circuits of juvenile songbirds encodes performance during goal-directed learning. Elife 6:, 2017

Cortico-basal ganglia networks subserving goal-directed behavior mediated by conditional visuo-goal association. Frontiers in Neural Circuits 7: 158, 2013

Multiple goal management starts with attention: goal prioritizing affects the allocation of spatial attention to goal-relevant events. Experimental Psychology 58(1): 55-61, 2011

Exploring the cognitive and motor functions of the basal ganglia: an integrative review of computational cognitive neuroscience models. Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience 7: 174, 2013

Mirroring 'meaningful' actions: Sensorimotor learning modulates imitation of goal-directed actions. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology 72(2): 322-334, 2019

Evidence for a cognitive control network for goal-directed attention in simple sustained attention. Brain and Cognition 81(2): 193-202, 2013

Goal-directed unequal attention allocation during multiple object tracking. Attention Perception and Psychophysics 81(5): 1312-1326, 2019

Involvement of basal ganglia and orbitofrontal cortex in goal-directed behavior. Progress in Brain Research 126: 193-215, 2000

Value learning modulates goal-directed actions. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology 67(6): 1166-1175, 2014

Oculomotor learning revisited: a model of reinforcement learning in the basal ganglia incorporating an efference copy of motor actions. Frontiers in Neural Circuits 6: 38, 2012

Motor contagion: goal-directed actions are more contagious than non-goal-directed actions. Experimental Psychology 58(1): 71-78, 2011