Perception and behavior can be guided by predictions, which are often based on learned statistical regularities. Neural responses to expected stimuli are frequently found to be attenuated after statistical learning. However, whether this sensory attenuation following statistical learning occurs automatically or depends on attention remains unknown. In the present fMRI study, we exposed human volunteers to sequentially presented object stimuli, in which the first object predicted the identity of the second object. We observed a reliable attenuation of neural activity for expected compared to unexpected stimuli in the ventral visual stream. Crucially, this sensory attenuation was only apparent when stimuli were attended, and vanished when attention was directed away from the predictable objects. These results put important constraints on neurocomputational theories that cast perception as a process of probabilistic integration of prior knowledge and sensory information.
All data and code necessary to replicate the reported results are available via the following URL: http://hdl.handle.net/11633/aacg3rkw
Attentional modulation of perceptual predictionsdi.dccn.DSC_3018028.03_962.
- Floris P de Lange
- Floris P de Lange
The funders had no role in study design, data collection and interpretation, or the decision to submit the work for publication.
Human subjects: The study followed institutional guidelines of the local ethics committee (CMO region Arnhem-Nijmegen, The Netherlands; Protocol CMO2014/288), including informed consent of all participants.
- Thorsten Kahnt, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, United States
© 2019, Richter & de Lange
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