Dynamic cooperation and competition between brain systems during cognitive control

Cocchi, Luca, Zalesky, Andrew, Fornito, Alex and Mattingley, Jason (2013) Dynamic cooperation and competition between brain systems during cognitive control. Trends In Cognitive Sciences, 17 10: 493-501. doi:10.1016/j.tics.2013.08.006

Author Cocchi, Luca
Zalesky, Andrew
Fornito, Alex
Mattingley, Jason
Title Dynamic cooperation and competition between brain systems during cognitive control
Journal name Trends In Cognitive Sciences   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1364-6613
Publication date 2013-10
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.tics.2013.08.006
Volume 17
Issue 10
Start page 493
End page 501
Total pages 9
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Trends Journals, Elsevier
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
• Cognitive control involves the activity of large-scale specialized brain systems.
• Control functions may be supported by transitory cross-system interactions.
• Control may involve interactions between systems that are otherwise segregated or antagonistic.

The human brain is characterized by a remarkable ability to adapt its information processing based on current goals. This ability, which is encompassed by the psychological construct of cognitive control, involves activity throughout large-scale, specialized brain systems that support segregated functions at rest and during active task performance. Based on recent research, we propose an account in which control functions rely on transitory changes in patterns of cooperation and competition between neural systems. This account challenges current conceptualizations of control as relying on segregated or antagonistic activity of specialized brain systems. Accordingly, we argue that the study of transitory task-based interactions between brain systems is critical to understanding the flexibility of normal cognitive control and its disruption in pathological conditions.
Keyword Cognitive control
Executive functions
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Queensland Brain Institute Publications
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