Commentary: Selective Development of Anticorrelated Networks in the Intrinsic Functional Organization of the Human Brain

Marie Arsalidou1, 2Maxim Sharaev3Tatiana Kotova4Olga Martynova1, 5

1National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia2York University, Toronto, Canada3National Research Centre “Kurchatov Institute”, Moscow, Russia4Russian Academy for National Economy and Public Administration, Moscow, Russia5National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia


As adults we solve problems by applying our executive know-how and directing our mental-attention to relevant information. When we are not problem solving, our mind is free to wonder to things like lunchtime; this is often referred to as the default-mode. It is established that for adults the relation among executive and default-mode brain areas is negative (Fox et al., 2005; Arsalidou et al., 2013). Parts of the prefrontal cortex are involved in both the executive and default-mode networks.