Journal article

A neural representation of invisibility: when stimulus-specific neural activity negatively correlates with conscious experience

Matthew Davidson, Will Mithen, Hinze Hogendoorn, Jeroen JA van Boxtel, Naotsugu Tsuchiya

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory | Published : 2020

Abstract

Although visual awareness of an object typically increases neural responses, we identify a neural response that increases prior to perceptual disappearances , and that scales with the amount of invisibility reported during perceptual filling-in. These findings challenge long-held assumptions regarding the neural correlates of consciousness and entrained visually evoked potentials, by showing that the strength of stimulus-specific neural activity can encode the conscious absence of a stimulus. Significance Statement The focus of attention and the contents of consciousness frequently overlap. Yet what happens if this common correlation is broken? To test this, we asked human participants to at..

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