The function of the self-attention network

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This commentary links Humphrey and Sui’s proposed Self-attention Network (SAN) to the memory advantage associated with self-relevant information (i.e., the self-reference effect). Articulating this link elucidates the functional quality of the SAN in ensuring that information of potential importance to self is not lost. This adaptive system for self-processing mirrors the cognitive response to threat stimuli, which also elicit attentional biases and produce characteristically enhanced, episodic representations in memory. Understanding the link between the SAN and memory is key to comprehending more broadly the operation of the self in cognition.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-22
Number of pages2
JournalCognitive Neuroscience
Issue number1-4
Early online date17 Aug 2015
Publication statusPublished - 2016


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