Journal article

Human-like perceptual masking is difficult to observe in rats performing an orientation discrimination task.

Katrina Louise Dell, Ehsan Arabzadeh, Nicholas Seow Chiang Price

PLoS One | PLoS One | Published : 2018

Abstract

Visual masking occurs when the perception of a brief target stimulus is affected by a preceding or succeeding mask. The uncoupling of the target and its perception allows an opportunity to investigate the neuronal mechanisms involved in sensory representation and visual perception. To determine whether rats are a suitable model for subsequent studies of the neuronal basis of visual masking, we first demonstrated that decoding of neuronal responses recorded in the primary visual cortex (V1) of anaesthetized rats predicted that orientation discrimination performance should decline when masking stimuli are presented immediately before or after oriented target stimuli. We then trained Long-Evans..

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