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Similar spatial patterns of neural coding of category selectivity in FFA and VWFA under different attention conditions
Xu, Guifang1,2; Jiang, Yi3,4; Ma, Lifei1,2; Yang, Zhi1,4; Weng, Xuchu1,5; Yang, Z (reprint author), 4A Datun Rd, Beijing 100101, Peoples R China.
2012-04-01
Source PublicationNEUROPSYCHOLOGIA
ISSN0028-3932
SubtypeArticle
Volume50Issue:5Pages:862-868
Contribution Rank1,4
AbstractIt has long been debated whether attention alters the categorical selectivity in regions such as the fusiform face area (FFA) and the visual word form area (VWFA). We addressed this issue by examining whether the spatial pattern of neural representations for certain stimulus categories in these regions would change under different attention conditions. Faces. Chinese characters, and textures were presented in a block design fMRI experiment where participants in different runs attended to the stimuli under different conditions of attention. After localizing regions of interest (ROIs) in FFA and VWFA using general linear models, we performed spatial pattern analyses to examine both within- and cross-condition classification in these ROIs. The within-condition results replicated previous findings showing significant classification accuracy reduction when there was less attention compared with more attention. Critically, cross-condition classification in both FFA and VWFA revealed significantly above-chance accuracy for all stimulus categories, suggesting similar spatial neural representations across different attention conditions. Further strengthening this conclusion, when the contrast-to-noise ratio (CNR) of the signals was adjusted to increase signal strength, cross-condition classification accuracy for faces in FFA and for Chinese characters in VWFA improved significantly, even approaching within-condition accuracy. This indicates that attention does not modulate the spatial pattern of neural representations involved in category selectivity, but only changes the signal strength relative to the noise level. (C) 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
KeywordfMRI Fusiform face area Visual word form area Multi-voxel pattern analysis (MVPA) Contrast-to-noise ratio
Subject AreaCognitive Neuroscience
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Language英语
Funding OrganizationNSFC [30900366, 31070905, 31070903] ; IPCAS [O9CX012001]
Project Intro.We thank Sheng He, George Northoff, Wen Zhou, and John X. Zhang for valuable comments on the manuscript. This study was supported by NSFC (30900366 to ZY; 31070905 to XW; 31070903 to YJ) and Youth fund of IPCAS (O9CX012001 to ZY).
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Identifierhttp://ir.psych.ac.cn/handle/311026/13262
Collection中国科学院行为科学重点实验室
Corresponding AuthorYang, Z (reprint author), 4A Datun Rd, Beijing 100101, Peoples R China.
Affiliation1.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Psychol, Key Lab Behav Sci, Beijing 100101, Peoples R China
2.Chinese Acad Sci, Grad Univ, Beijing 100039, Peoples R China
3.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Psychol, Key Lab Mental Hlth, Beijing 100101, Peoples R China
4.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Psychol, Magnet Resonance Imaging Res Ctr, Beijing 100101, Peoples R China
5.Hangzhou Normal Univ, Ctr Cognit & Brain Disorders, Hangzhou 310003, Zhejiang, Peoples R China
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Xu, Guifang,Jiang, Yi,Ma, Lifei,et al. Similar spatial patterns of neural coding of category selectivity in FFA and VWFA under different attention conditions[J]. NEUROPSYCHOLOGIA,2012,50(5):862-868.
APA Xu, Guifang,Jiang, Yi,Ma, Lifei,Yang, Zhi,Weng, Xuchu,&Yang, Z .(2012).Similar spatial patterns of neural coding of category selectivity in FFA and VWFA under different attention conditions.NEUROPSYCHOLOGIA,50(5),862-868.
MLA Xu, Guifang,et al."Similar spatial patterns of neural coding of category selectivity in FFA and VWFA under different attention conditions".NEUROPSYCHOLOGIA 50.5(2012):862-868.
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