Signal transfer of visual stimuli to V4 occurs in gamma-rhythmic, pulsed information packages

  • Summary Selective visual attention allows the brain to focus on behaviorally relevant information while ignoring irrelevant signals. As a possible mechanism, routing by synchronization was proposed: neural populations sending attended signals align their gamma-rhythmic activities with receiving populations, such that spikes from the senders arrive at excitability peaks of the receivers, enhancing signal transfer. Conversely, the non-attended signals arrive unaligned to the receiver’s oscillation, reducing signal transfer. Therefore, visual signals should be transferred through periodically pulsed information packages, resulting in a modulation of the stimulus content within the receiver’s activity by its gamma phase and amplitude. To test this prediction, we quantified gamma phase-specific stimulus content within neural activity from area V4 of macaques performing a visual attention task. For the attended stimulus we find enhanced stimulus content reaching its maximum near excitability peaks, with effect magnitude increasing with oscillation amplitude, establishing a functional link between selective processing and gamma activity.

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Author:Dmitriy LisitsynORCiD, Iris GrotheORCiD, Andreas K. KreiterGND, Udo A. ErnstGND
Parent Title (English):bioRxiv
Document Type:Preprint
Date of Publication (online):2020/02/03
Date of first Publication:2020/02/03
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2023/04/23
Page Number:15
Institutes:Angeschlossene und kooperierende Institutionen / MPI für Hirnforschung
Dewey Decimal Classification:1 Philosophie und Psychologie / 15 Psychologie / 150 Psychologie
6 Technik, Medizin, angewandte Wissenschaften / 61 Medizin und Gesundheit / 610 Medizin und Gesundheit
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - CC BY-NC-ND - Namensnennung - Nicht kommerziell - Keine Bearbeitungen 4.0 International