The Central Executive Network(CEN)

The Fronto-parietal Central Executive Network (CEN) handles inhibition, task switching, and updating.  It inhibits the default mode network, engages your conscious brain to think and maintains attention on a prioritized task.   It’s helpful to think of it as active when you put effort forth to keep your mind from wandering during a goal directed task.  Many psychiatric conditions including ADHD are associated with poor inhibitory regulation of DMN activation by the CEN.   The dance between the CEN and DMN are coordinated by the Salience Network which, based on the amount of relevant outside stimulus triggers a switch out of REST mode into cognitive functioning.


Neurohypnotic bonus

  1. Frontal Parietal Control Network Regulates the Anti-Correlated Default and Dorsal Attention Networks

  2. Functional connectivity between ventral and dorsal frontoparietal networks underlies stimulus-driven and working memory-driven sources of visual distraction

  3. The Brain as a Network: Focusing Your Network
  4. Causal interactions between fronto-parietal central executive and default-mode networks in humans

  5. The Frontoparietal Control System: A Central Role in Mental Health

  6. Evidence for a Frontoparietal Control System Revealed by Intrinsic Functional Connectivity

  7. The Central Executive as a Search Process: Priming Exploration and Exploitation across Domains

  8. Shifted intrinsic connectivity of central executive and salience network in borderline personality disorder