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MSU neuroscientists among team to win $6 million grant to study the brain circuits that help us focus and pay attention

November 9, 2016View for printing

Three Montana State University researchers are among a team of 14 neuroscientists from across the nation seeking to develop a greater understanding of how the brain helps us pay attention to the right things when we execute complex behaviors with the help of a $6 million grant from the National Science Foundation.

"This grant is intended to advance our understanding of the brain circuits and algorithms that ensure we can pay attention to the 'right' things during normal behavior," said MSU Associate Professor James Mazer, who joined MSU's faculty from Yale University in September. "With our daily lives getting ever more complicated and distractions like computers, phones and other gadgets constantly vying for our attention, understanding how these brain circuits function is becoming more and more important."

Denise Hoepfner, MSU News

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