Journal article

Gating of neuronal responses in macaque primary visual cortex by an attentional spotlight

TR Vidyasagar

NEUROREPORT | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 1998

Abstract

Neuronal responses were recorded from the striate cortex of monkeys trained to perform visual discrimination at locations in the visual field to which their attention was drawn. A subset of neurons showed vigorous responses to visual stimuli for trials in which the monkey was directing its attention to the respective receptive field location. In trials where attention is directed elsewhere, responses to the same stimuli were significantly reduced. In some cells the early response component was not modulated by attention, but later components were affected by the locus of attention. The results suggest the operation of a feedback in the paradigm that spotlights a topographically restricted ar..

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