Mechanisms of visual attention - Our lab is actively investigating how top-down influences of attention can alter the efficacy of visual processing in early visual areas. In particular, we are interested in how voluntary attention can target specific visual features (i.e., feature-based attention), such as one of two orientation components of a plaid stimulus, independent of opportunities for spatial attentional selection.

Relevant Publications

Kamitani, Y., Tong, F. (2005). Decoding the visual and subjective contents of the human brain. Nature Neuroscience, 8: 679-85.

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Kamitani, Y., & Tong, F. (2006). Decoding seen and attended motion directions from activity in the human visual cortex. Current Biology, 16, 1096-1102.

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Jehee, J. F. M., Brady, D. K., & Tong, F. (2011). Attention Improves Encoding of Task-Relevant Features in the Human Visual Cortex. Journal of Neuroscience, 31(22): 8210-8219.

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