Nonhuman primate event-related potentials indexing covert shifts of attention.

Woodman GF, Kang MS, Rossi AF, Schall JD
Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2007 104 (38): 15111-6

PMID: 17848520 · PMCID: PMC1986621 · DOI:10.1073/pnas.0703477104

A half-century's worth of research has established the existence of numerous event-related potential components measuring different cognitive operations in humans including the selection of stimuli by covert attention mechanisms. Surprisingly, it is unknown whether nonhuman primates exhibit homologous electrophysiological signatures of selective visual processing while viewing complex scenes. We used an electrophysiological technique with macaque monkeys analogous to procedures for recording scalp event-related potentials from humans and found that monkeys exhibit short-latency visual components sensitive to sensory processing demands and lateralizations related to shifting of covert attention similar to the human N2pc component. These findings begin to bridge the gap between the disparate literatures by using electrophysiological measurements to study the deployment of visual attention in the brains of humans and nonhuman primates.

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Animals Attention Behavior Brain Electroencephalography Electrophysiology Evoked Potentials Evoked Potentials, Visual Humans Macaca radiata Male

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