We move our eyes roughly three times every second while searching complex scenes, but covert attention helps to guide where we allocate those overt fixations. Covert attention may be allocated reflexively or voluntarily, and speeds the rate of information processing at the attended location. Reducing access to covert attention hinders performance, but it is not known to what degree the locus of covert attention is tied to the current gaze position. We compared visual search performance in a traditional gaze-contingent display, with a second task where a similarly sized contingent window is controlled with a mouse, allowing a covert aperture to be controlled independently by overt gaze. Larger apertures improved performance for both the mouse- and gaze-contingent trials, suggesting that covert attention was beneficial regardless of control type. We also found evidence that participants used the mouse-controlled aperture somewhat independently of gaze position, suggesting that participants attempted to untether their covert and overt attention when possible. This untethering manipulation, however, resulted in an overall cost to search performance, a result at odds with previous results in a change blindness paradigm. Untethering covert and overt attention may therefore have costs or benefits depending on the task demands in each case.
Inhibition of return (IOR) represents a delay in responding to a previously inspected location and is viewed as a crucial mechanism that sways attention toward novelty in visual search. Although most visual processing occurs in retinotopic, eye-centered, coordinates, IOR must be coded in spatiotopic, environmental, coordinates to successfully serve its role as a foraging facilitator. Early studies supported this suggestion but recent results have shown that both spatiotopic and retinotopic reference frames of IOR may co-exist. The present study tested possible sources for IOR at the retinotopic location including being part of the spatiotopic IOR gradient, part of hemifield inhibition and being an independent source of IOR. We conducted four experiments that alternated the cue-target spatial distance (discrete and contiguous) and the response modality (manual and saccadic). In all experiments, we tested spatiotopic, retinotopic and neutral (neither spatiotopic nor retinotopic) locations. We did find IOR at both the retinotopic and spatiotopic locations but no evidence for an independent source of retinotopic IOR for either of the response modalities. In fact, we observed the spread of IOR across entire validly cued hemifield including at neutral locations. We conclude that these results indicate a strategy to inhibit the whole cued hemifield or suggest a large horizontal gradient around the spatiotopically cued location.
Chromatic stimuli across a boundary of basic color categories (BCCs; eg blue and green) are discriminated faster than colorimetrically equidistant colors within a given category. Russian has two BCCs for blue, sinij 'dark blue' and goluboj 'light blue'. These language-specific BCCs were reported to enable native Russian speakers to discriminate cross-boundary dark and light blues faster than English speakers (Winawer et al., 2007, PNAS, 4, 7780-7785). We re-evaluated this finding in two experiments that employed identical tasks as in the cited study. In Experiment 1, Russian and English speakers categorized colors as sinij / goluboj or dark blue / light blue respectively; this was followed by a color discrimination task. In experiment 2 Russian speakers initially performed the discrimination task on sinij / goluboj and goluboj / zelënyj 'green' sets. They then categorized these colors in three frequency contexts with each stimulus presented: (i) an equal number of times (unbiased); more frequent (ii) either sinij or goluboj; (iii) either goluboj or zelënyj. We observed a boundary response speed advantage for goluboj / zelënyj but not for sinij / goluboj. The frequency bias affected only the sinij / goluboj boundary such that in a lighter context, the boundary shifted towards lighter shades, and vice versa. Contrary to previous research, our results show that in Russian, stimulus discrimination at the lightnessdefined blue BCC boundary is not reflected in processing speed. The sinij / goluboj boundary did have a sharper categorical transition than the dark blue / light blue boundary,
The Itti and Koch’s Saliency Model has been used extensively to simulate fixation selection in a variety of tasks from visual search to simple reaction times. Although the Saliency Model has been tested for its spatial prediction of fixations in visual salience, it has not been well tested for their temporal accuracy. Visual tasks, like search, invariably result in a positively skewed distribution of saccadic reaction times over large numbers of samples, yet we show that the leaky integrate and fire (LIF) neuronal layer included in the classic implementation of the model tends to produce a distribution shifted to shorter fixations (in comparison with human data). Further, while parameter optimization using a genetic algorithm and Nelder–Mead method does improve the fit of the resulting distribution, it is still unable to match temporal distributions of human responses in a simple visual search task. Analysis of times for individual images reveal that the LIF algorithm produces initial fixation durations that are fixed instead of a sampled from a distribution (as in the human case). Only by aggregating responses over many input images do they result in a distribution although the form of this distribution still depends on the input images used to create it and not on internal model variability
Since the 1990s, there has been an ongoing discussion in religious studies about the uses of the terms “secular” and “religious.” This article applies the methodology of the critical study of religion within the psychology of religion. There are two main strategies to construct a research program in this field: (1) studying how religious senses occur (neurotheology, transpersonal psychology) and (2) studying how religious representations emerge (cognitive religious studies). This paper provides an overview of these two paradigms through the lens of the religious/secular dichotomy. Scholars who are trying to understand the nature of religious phenomena ignore a significant amount of data labeled as “secular.” The author then suggests studying such representations or senses beyond the religious/secular dichotomy.
Medial frontal cortex is currently viewed as the main hub of the performance monitoring system; upon detection of an error committed, it establishes functional connections with brain regions involved in task performance, thus leading to neural adjustments in them. Previous research has identified targets of such adjustments in the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, posterior cortical regions, motor cortical areas, and subthalamic nucleus. Yet most of such studies involved visual tasks with relatively moderate cognitive load and strong dependence on motor inhibition – thus highlighting sensory, executive and motor effects while underestimating sensorimotor transformation and related aspects of decision making. Currently there is ample evidence that posterior parietal cortical areas are involved in task-specific neural processes of decision making (including evidence accumulation, sensorimotor transformation, attention, etc.) – yet, to our knowledge, no EEG studies have demonstrated post-error increase in functional connectivity in the theta-band between midfrontal and posterior parietal areas during performance on non-visual tasks. In the present study, we recorded EEG while subjects were performing an auditory version of the cognitively demanding attentional condensation task; this task involves rather non-straightforward stimulus-to-response mapping rules, thus, creating increased load on sensorimotor transformation. We observed strong pre-response alpha-band suppression in the left parietal area, which presumably reflected involvement of the posterior parietal cortex in task-specific decision-making processes. Negative feedback was followed by increased midfrontal theta-band power and increased functional coupling in the theta band between midfrontal and left parietal regions. This could be interpreted as activation of the performance monitoring system and top–down influence of this system on the posterior parietal regions involved in decision making, respectively. This inter-site coupling related to negative feedback was stronger for subjects who tended to commit errors with slower response times. Generally, current findings support the idea that slower errors are related to the state of outcome uncertainty caused by failures of task-specific processes, associated with posterior parietal regions.
Microsaccadic eye movements belong to the category of micromovements, such as tremor and drift, though their functional purpose is still debated. Spatial cueing paradigms typically require fixational control, but this does not eliminate all oculomotor activity associated with the preparation of saccades in the cued direction. During the antisaccade task, planning and execution are separate processes and we therefore hypothesise that we may notice reduced microsaccade behaviour during the execution of antisaccade tasks as compared to saccade trials. The study is based on an eyetracking experiment involving 22 participants asked to perform saccades and antisaccades in blocked or mixed sets of trials. Each participant contributed to three main blocks: 50 trials in the fixed saccade block, 50 trials in the fixed antisaccade block, and 200 trials in the mixed saccade — antisaccade condition. In the saccade trials, a green fixation cross is displayed at the centre of the screen, whereas during the antisaccade trials the fixation cross is red, allowing participants to prepare the appropriate response (but not direction) prior to the target. The results of the study imply a strong latency cost of antisaccades as compared to prosaccades and an additional cost of mixed blocks, though these two effects did not interact. Crucially, in the blocked antisaccade trials, we predict that a supressed oculomotor system would lead to a lower occurrence of microsaccades initiated by the participants, in particular the trials where observers did not make erroneous prosaccades. We believe this may be due to participants having enough time to prepare the top-down control of the oculomotor system, which leads to a predictable pattern for each participant, where they either suppress microsaccadic movements completely or do not throughout the entire block. We also predict that in the mixed block participants have less time to prepare the top-down microsaccade suppression and we will test this by comparing data between the saccade, the antisaccade and mixed blocks
The seminal model by Laurent Itti and Cristoph Koch demonstrated that we can compute the entire flow of visual processing from input to resulting fixations. Despite many replications and follow-ups, few have matched the impact of the original model - so what made this model so groundbreaking? We have selected five key contributions that distinguish the original salience model by Itti and Koch; namely its contribution to our theoretical, neural and computational understanding of visual processing. Further, the model showed how salience could be used to make predictions for both spatial and temporal distributions of fixations. During the last 20 years, advances in the field have brought up various techniques and approaches to salience modeling, many of which tried to augment the initial Itti and Koch model. One of the most recent trends has been to adopt the computational power of deep learning neural networks, however, this has also shifted their primary focus to spatial classification. We present a review of recent approaches to modeling salience, and discuss the models from the point of view of their contribution to computational cognitive neuroscience.
The allocation of attention can occur not only in space, but also in time. Application of Rescorla's "truly random control" procedure about independency of cues and targets allowed us to differentiate the impact of endogenous (voluntary) and exogenous (automatic) components of temporal attention on the performance separately and within their interaction. In a random dot motion task, variation of luminance and motion of dots, that represent the cue, affects the engagement of exogenous mode. Temporal contingency between cues and targets or its absence affects the impact of endogenous mode. Combining these conditions, the results are as follows. For endogenous cues, we see improvement of both speed and accuracy at early cue target onset asynchrony. For exogenous cues, we see improvement of response times, but not accuracy. When both are involved, we observe a trade-off of speed and accuracy. This parallels from the auditory modalities of alertness cueing but with purely visual stimuli.
The classic Saliency Model by Itti and Koch launched many studies that contributed to the modelling of layers for vision and visual attention. The aim of this study is to improve the existing saliency model by using a neural network to generate salience maps to model human saccade generation. The proposed model uses a Leaky Integrate-and-Fire layer for temporal predictions, and replaces spatial salience with a deep learning neural network in order to create a generative model that combines spatial and temporal predictions. The results involve a deep neural network which is able to predict eye movements based on unsupervised learning from raw image input, as well as supervised learning from fixation maps retrieved during an eye-tracking experiment with 35 participants at later stages in order to train a 2D softmax layer. The results imply that it is possible to match model human fixation locations but temporal distributions are still limited by the accuracy of the leaky algorithm.
As a foraging facilitator, Inhibition of return (IOR) must be coded in spatiotopic coordinates. Early reports confirmed this suggestion but these results have been recently challenged. The present study was designed to examine the reference frame of IOR and to test whether retinotopic IOR might be a part of the spatiotopic IOR gradient. We conducted four experiments with spatiotopically and retinotopically cued coordinates and an intervening saccade between the cue and target presentations. We alternated the response modality (manual and saccadic) and the cue-target spatial distance (fixed and contiguous). Our data showed evidence for an independent source of retinotopic IOR neither at discrete locations nor as a gradient; moreover, we observed the spread of IOR across the whole validly cued hemifield. We propose that these results indicate a strategy to attend and then inhibit the entire cued hemifield.
Transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS) can be used to modulate brain activity. tACS was shown to induce frequency-, state-, and phase- dependent effects which makes tACS a neurostimulation technique that provides a more valuable predictable outcome. However, the impact of different tACS intensities has not been systematically investigated yet. Here, we proposed to investigate the effects of tACS of the primary motor cortex (M1) delivered at different intensities.
There is a common assumption that application of stimulation for longer duration or for higher intensity leads to more reliable physiological and behavioral effects. However, previous studies performed using different transcranial electrical stimulation methods such as transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) and/or at high-frequency such as tACS at ripple range, showed non-monotonic effect of stimulation intensity. Nevertheless, tDCS and high-frequency tACS potentially rely on different mechanisms of neuromodulation with respect to conventional tACS delivered at EEG range (1 – 70 Hz).
In this study we applied 20 Hz tACS to the primary motor cortex (M1) to investigate potential non-monotonic effect of tACS intensities (ranging from 0.25 mA to 2 mA with 0.25 mA interval between conditions) on the M1 excitability measured as the peak-to-peak amplitude of TMS-induced motor evoked potentials (MEPs). As for control, we used 1 mA 10 Hz (alpha) tACS and a no stimulation condition.
Preliminary results (N = 9) showed increase of MEPs for higher intensities (1.5 mA, 2 mA) of stimulation. In addition, an interesting effect emerged for those subjects with a lower motor threshold which showed a higher MEPs modulation effect of beta-tACS
Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) is a promising tool for modulation of learning and memory, allowing to transiently change cortical excitability of specific brain regions with physiological and behavioral outcomes. A detailed exploration of factors that can moderate tDCS effects on episodic long-term memory (LTM) is of high interest due to the clinical potential for patients with traumatic or pathological memory deficits and with cognitive impairments. This commentary discusses findings by Marián et al. (2018) recently published in Cortex within a broad context of brain stimulation in memory research.
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People often miss them. This phenomenon, reveals the limits of visual awareness. Here, we will investigate the blindness of the patient. Traditional gazecontingent paradigms adapt the display in real time. We’ll compare you with a mouse-contingent paradigm for your mouse. 2) and untethered overt and covert attention (mousecontingent display; Experiment 1). In the case of a person who has been in a state of discomfort, it can lead to change blindness. The results of the show are processed. In addition, there is a need for further changes to the changing target. Finally, it’s possible to establish a direct connection. The results of the show are processed. In addition, there is a need for further changes to the changing target. Finally, it’s possible to establish a direct connection. The results of the show are processed. In addition, there is a need for further changes to the changing target. Finally, it’s possible to establish a direct connection.
People often miss salient events that occur right in front of them. This phenomenon, known as change blindness, reveals the limits of visual awareness. Here, we investigate the role of implicit processing in change blindness using an approach that allows partial dissociation of covert and overt attention. Traditional gaze-contingent paradigms adapt the display in real time according to current gaze position. We compare such a paradigm with a newly designed mouse-contingent paradigm where the visual display changes according to the real-time location of a user-controlled mouse cursor, effectively allowing comparison of change detection with mainly overt attention (gaze-contingent display; Experiment 2) and untethered overt and covert attention (mouse-contingent display; Experiment 1). We investigate implicit indices of target detection during change blindness in eye movement and behavioral data, and test whether affective devaluation of unnoticed targets may contribute to change blindness. The results show that unnoticed targets are processed implicitly, but that the processing is shallower than if the target is consciously detected. Additionally, the partial untethering of covert attention with the mouse-contingent display changes the pattern of search and leads to faster detection of the changing target. Finally, although it remains possible that the deployment of covert attention is linked to implicit processing, the results fall short of establishing a direct connection.
Response commission in cognitive tasks comprises a complex set of mechanisms including decision making and action execution. Decision-making processes in multi-choice tasks involve sensory evidence integration and action selection, that are strongly related to the activity of the intraparietal cortical areas. Action execution is regulated within motor areas that may implement response initiation and inhibition. Failures within one or the other of the two systems may lead to qualitatively different kinds of errors that differ in the response time. Presumably, fast errors, with response latency shorter than average response latency on correct trials, are caused by inability to inhibit irrelevant prepotent responses, while slow errors, with response latency longer than average response latency on correct trials, result from disruptions forming the decision variable.
Errors can be detected and appropriate corrective adaptations can be initiated in top-down fashion by performance monitoring systems, with errors detected either internally (following error commission), or externally (following negative feedback presentation).
We recorded EEG while participants performed the auditory version of the condensation task with high cognitive demand. In order to detect modulations of oscillatory activity and functional connectivity patterns between areas, we used spectral power measures and weighted phase-locking index, which is a measure of stability of phase difference between signals recorded from two electrodes.
We observed alpha power suppression in the pre-response time window with the minimum at the left parietal electrodes, which presumably reflects generation of a decision variable after sensory evidence integration. Midfrontal theta power and phase coupling between midfrontal and left parietal regions increased after negative feedback presentation, associated with performance monitoring and top-down adjustments of the decision variable in the intraparietal cortical areas. Moreover, functional coupling was more pronounced for subjects who tended to commit slower errors, compared to correct responses.
This finding suggests that functional connectivity patterns differ depending on the type of error committed. That is, in the case of slow errors, which resulted from failures in decision-making processes, negative feedback elicited robust functional connectivity, that might be used in top-down influence on decision-making systems.
The study was implemented in the framework of the Basic Research Program at the National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE) in 2018.
A response action consists of at least two stages: initiation and execution. Recording keystrokes and button presses is the method most commonly used in the field of cognitive psychophysiology; this method provides data on response accuracy and response time, which seem to be mostly related to the initiation stage. On the contrary, mouse tracking provides continuous data on response dynamics. Particularly, we assume that mouse movement duration is an important response parameter that is related to the execution stage of the response. Here, we applied this method to probe the functional significance of the response-related event-related potential (ERP) components such as correct-related negativity (CRN) and a Pe-like positivity.
We used the condensation task, which involves complex stimulus-to-response mapping: participants had to make responses to four auditory stimuli relying on the combination of two independent stimulus features. During each trial, participants had to respond to auditory stimuli by moving a computer mouse either to the top-left or to the top-right mousepad corner. EEG was recorded during the experiment. The following parameters of mouse movement were assessed: movement initialization time and movement duration. Within each subject, we divided the trials with correct responses into four quartiles for each of the mouse movement parameters separately. We compared ERP waveforms for trials within each pair of marginal quartiles.
Both movement initialization time and movement duration were higher for errors compared to correct responses. These mouse movement parameters were uncorrelated. We found that CRN amplitude within 10-110 ms time window was higher for early correct responses compared to late ones (p=0.004). In addition, we found a significant effect of mouse movement duration on ERP in early Pe time window (120-265 ms): amplitude of the Pe-like positivity was significantly higher for long correct responses compared with short correct responses (p<0.001).
We suggest that the early Pe-like component is not specifically related to errors; rather, both CRN and Pe-like component seem to be related to response uncertainty. Particularly, uncertainty during response execution stage seems to result in increased Pe-like component and prolonged mouse movement. We also assume that early correct responses are mostly premature responses, and increased CRN may indicate stronger performance monitoring arising after response initiation.
The study was implemented in the framework of the Basic Research Program at the National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE) in 2018.
Attending a location in short space. Certain types of exogenous cues - such as sudden peripheral onsets - have been described as reflexive and automatic. However, it has been shown that it has been shown. However, it doesn’t automatically consider this location. It is a test of exogenous responses. We've seen such as saccadic curvature, microsaccades and pupil size. It can be measured as the result of the reaction time. There is no need for a microsaccade after the cue. It was the effect that the process of recovery was observed. It has been shown to be there in a field. Overall, we'll find it in pupil size. It is indicative of whether we see RT or facilitation or not. Microsaccades were not diagnostic in either experiment. Finally, there is no need for any response measures.
It has been noted that it has been the case that it has been recognized as a paradigm. Krüger, MacInnes, and Hunt (2014) propose that it is possible to re-enterrant processing. In the case of experiments, we’ve been working on the asynchrony (CTOA) ranging from -300 to + 1000ms. An analysis of the reaction time has been shown in the analysis of the reaction time. . In the experiment, we’ve eliminated the need for restriction, and (b) the discrete, and (c) blocked discrete CTOAs. Results obtained in the continuous and binned conditions showed no facilitation but robust IOR. We found both early facilitation and IOR in the blocked condition. Overall, he received a suggestion of different underlying mechanisms. Second,