Differential Processing of Isolated Object and Multi-item Pop-Out Displays in LIP and PFC.

TitleDifferential Processing of Isolated Object and Multi-item Pop-Out Displays in LIP and PFC.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsMeyers, E, Liang, A, Katsuki, F, Constantinidis, C
JournalCerebral Cortex
Date Published10/2017
KeywordsAttention, lateral intraparietal area, neural decoding, posterior parietal cortex, prefrontal cortex

Objects that are highly distinct from their surroundings appear to visually "pop-out." This effect is present for displays in which: (1) a single cue object is shown on a blank background, and (2) a single cue object is highly distinct from surrounding objects; it is generally assumed that these 2 display types are processed in the same way. To directly examine this, we applied a decoding analysis to neural activity recorded from the lateral intraparietal (LIP) area and the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (dlPFC). Our analyses showed that for the single-object displays, cue location information appeared earlier in LIP than in dlPFC. However, for the display with distractors, location information was substantially delayed in both brain regions, and information first appeared in dlPFC. Additionally, we see that pattern of neural activity is similar for both types of displays and across different color transformations of the stimuli, indicating that location information is being coded in the same way regardless of display type. These results lead us to hypothesize that 2 different pathways are involved processing these 2 types of pop-out displays.


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