Attentional enhancement of spatial resolution: Linking behavioural and neurophysiological evidence

Katharina Anton-Erxleben, Marisa Carrasco

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Attention allows us to select relevant sensory information for preferential processing. Behaviourally, it improves performance in various visual tasks. One prominent effect of attention is the modulation of performance in tasks that involve the visual system's spatial resolution. Physiologically, attention modulates neuronal responses and alters the profile and position of receptive fields near the attended location. Here, we develop a hypothesis linking the behavioural and electrophysiological evidence. The proposed framework seeks to explain how these receptive field changes enhance the visual system's effective spatial resolution and how the same mechanisms may also underlie attentional effects on the representation of spatial information.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)188-200
Number of pages13
JournalNature Reviews Neuroscience
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Neuroscience


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