Anatomical and functional coupling between the dorsal and ventral attention networks
Studies have indicated that the dorsal attention network (DAN) and the ventral attention network (VAN) func- tionally interact via several fronto-parietal connector hubs. However, the anatomical connectivity profiles of these connector hubs, and the coupling between the anatomical and functional connectivities of them, are still unknown. In the present study, we found that functional connector hubs anatomically bridged the DAN and VAN based on multimodal magnetic resonance imaging data from the Human Connectome Project (HCP) Consortium and an independent Chinese cohort. The three hubs had unique anatomical connectivity patterns with the attention sub-networks. For each connector hub, the pattern of anatomical connectivity resembled the functional one. Finally, the strength of the anatomical connectivity of these connector hubs was positively associated with the functional connectivity at the group- and individual-levels. Our findings help to better understand the anatomical mechanisms underlying the functional interactions between the DAN and the VAN.