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Over the last few years our understanding of the brain processes underlying consciousness and attention has considerably improved, mainly thanks to the advances in functional neuroimaging techniques. However, caution is needed for the correct interpretation of empirical findings, since both research and reflection are hampered by a number of conceptual difficulties. This paper reviews some of the most relevant theoretical issues surrounding the concepts of consciousness and attention in the neuroscientific literature, and presents the implications of these reflections for a coherent model of the neural correlates of these cognitive functions. Although orthogonally defined as essentially separate neural processes, consciousness and attention show a consistent and overlapping pattern of brain activity, specifically recurrent processing within fronto-parietal association areas. Future research will shed more light on the possible relationship of processes that relate to common brain activity across functions
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