Faculty Highlight – Dr. Michael Pratte

Attention alters orientation processing in the human lateral geniculate nucleus

Orientation selectivity is a cornerstone property of vision, commonly believed to emerge in the primary visual cortex. We found that reliable orientation information could be detected even earlier, in the human lateral geniculate nucleus, and that attentional feedback selectively altered these orientation responses. This attentional modulation may allow the visual system to modify incoming feature-specific signals at the earliest possible processing site.

Ling, S., Pratte, M. S., Tong, F. (2015). Attention alters orientation processing in the human lateral geniculate nucleus. Nature Neuroscience, 18, 496-498. doi: 10.1038/nn.3967