Top-down coordination of local cortical state during selective attention

Jochem van Kempen, Marc A. Gieselmann, Michael Boyd, Nicholas A. Steinmetz, Tirin Moore, Tatiana A. Engel, Alexander Thiele

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How do fluctuations in ongoing brain activity interact with cognitive functions? In this study, van Kempen et al. show that fluctuations in neural excitability are coordinated between visual areas with retinotopic precision. Top-down attention drives interareal coordination along the reverse cortical hierarchy, predicting better behavioral performance with increased coordination.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)894-904.e8
Issue number5
StatePublished - Mar 3 2021
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Neuroscience


  • FEF
  • V1
  • V4
  • attention
  • cortical state
  • electrophysiology
  • feedback
  • feedforward
  • macaque
  • vision


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