Attention wins over sensory attenuation in a sound detection task

Cao, Y. and Gross, J. (2015) Attention wins over sensory attenuation in a sound detection task. PLoS ONE, 10(8), e0136585. (doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0136585) (PMID:26302246) (PMCID:PMC4547802)

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‘Sensory attenuation’, i.e., reduced neural responses to self-induced compared to externally generated stimuli, is a well-established phenomenon. However, very few studies directly compared sensory attenuation with attention effect, which leads to increased neural responses. In this study, we brought sensory attenuation and attention together in a behavioural auditory detection task, where both effects were quantitatively measured and compared. The classic auditory attention effect of facilitating detection performance was replicated. When attention and sensory attenuation were both present, attentional facilitation decreased but remained significant. The results are discussed in the light of current theories of sensory attenuation

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Cao, Mr Yinan and Gross, Professor Joachim
Authors: Cao, Y., and Gross, J.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Psychology & Neuroscience
Journal Name:PLoS ONE
Publisher:Public Library of Science
ISSN (Online):1932-6203
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2015 Cao, Gross
First Published:First published in PLoS ONE 10(8):e0136585
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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597051Natural and modulated neural communication: State-dependent decoding and driving of human Brain Oscillations.Joachim GrossWellcome Trust (WELLCOME)098433/Z/12/ZINP - CENTRE FOR COGNITIVE NEUROIMAGING