Attention Drives Synchronization of Alpha and Beta Rhythms between Right Inferior Frontal and Primary Sensory Neocortex
Author(s)Sacchet, Matthew D.; LaPlante, Roan A.; Wan, Qian; Pritchett, Dominique L.; Lee, Adrian Kuo Ching; Hamalainen, Matti S.; Moore, Christopher I.; Kerr, Catherine E.; Jones, Stephanie R.; ... Show more Show less
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The right inferior frontal cortex (rIFC) is specifically associated with attentional control via the inhibition of behaviorally irrelevant stimuli and motor responses. Similarly, recent evidence has shown that alpha (7–14 Hz) and beta (15–29 Hz) oscillations in primary sensory neocortical areas are enhanced in the representation of non-attended stimuli, leading to the hypothesis that allocation of these rhythms plays an active role in optimal inattention. Here, we tested the hypothesis that selective synchronization between rIFC and primary sensory neocortex occurs in these frequency bands during inattention. We used magnetoencephalography to investigate phase synchrony between primary somatosensory (SI) and rIFC regions during a cued-attention tactile detection task that required suppression of response to uncertain distractor stimuli. Attentional modulation of synchrony between SI and rIFC was found in both the alpha and beta frequency bands. This synchrony manifested as an increase in the alpha-band early after cue between non-attended SI representations and rIFC, and as a subsequent increase in beta-band synchrony closer to stimulus processing. Differences in phase synchrony were not found in several proximal control regions. These results are the first to reveal distinct interactions between primary sensory cortex and rIFC in humans and suggest that synchrony between rIFC and primary sensory representations plays a role in the inhibition of irrelevant sensory stimuli and motor responses.
DepartmentMcGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT
Journal of Neuroscience
Society for Neuroscience
Sacchet, M. D., R. A. LaPlante, Q. Wan, D. L. Pritchett, A. K. C. Lee, M. Hamalainen, C. I. Moore, C. E. Kerr, and S. R. Jones. “Attention Drives Synchronization of Alpha and Beta Rhythms Between Right Inferior Frontal and Primary Sensory Neocortex.” Journal of Neuroscience 35, no. 5 (February 4, 2015): 2074–2082.
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