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Construct: Attention

RDoC Classification

Domain: Cognitive Systems


Attention refers to a range of processes that regulate access to capacity-limited systems, such as awareness, higher perceptual processes, and motor action. The concepts of capacity limitation and competition are inherent to the concepts of selective and divided attention.



GABA Glutamate


Acetylcholine Dopamine Glutamate Histamine Serotonin


Parvalbumin-positive interneurons


Balance between task positive network (TPN) vs DMN


local circuit interactions pulvinar TRN


Amygdala ascending/descending information pathways

Attentional Systems

basal forebrain limbic system Dorsal attention network Ventral attention network



Sensory areas from peripheral to central

Auditory ERP

N1 N2 Neural oscillations P1 P300 processing negativity

Visual ERP

N2pc negativity (SN) Neural oscillations P300 Selection modulations of sensory ERP components slow waves

Peripheral Physiology

Heart rate deceleration Pupil dilation


ANT task distractibility Attentional lapses vs sustained attention Distractibility Object/feature attention Psychophysics Spatial attention


attentional blink and psychological refractory period paradigm blocked channel-selection tasks dichotic listening distraction paradigms (capture) Dual Task Paradigms inter-modal selective attention spatial and non-spatial cuing paradigms, time-series of response times to extract variability and frequency domain analyses visual search

Target detection tasks in the absence of competition are considered measues of sustained attention, and not selective or divided attention, which are subsumed under cog control