...we have argued that the executive attention
network is involved in self-regulation of positive and negative
affect as well as a wide variety of cognitive tasks underlying
intelligence (Duncan et al. 2000). This idea suggests an
important role for attention in moderating the activity of sensory,
cognitive, and emotional systems.
considerable evidence that the executive attention network is of
great importance in the acquisition of school
subjects such as literacy (McCandliss et al. 2003) and in a wide
variety of other subjects that draw upon general intelligence
(Duncan et al.2000).