A Source for Feature-Based Attention in the Prefrontal Cortex

Narcisse P Bichot, Matthew T Heard, Ellen M DeGennaro, Robert Desimone. Neuron, Nov 2015.


In cluttered scenes, we can use feature-based attention to quickly locate a target object. To understand how feature attention is used to find and select objects for action, we focused on the ventral prearcuate (VPA) region of prefrontal cortex. In a visual search task, VPA cells responded selectively to search cues, maintained their feature selectivity throughout the delay and subsequent saccades, and discriminated the search target in their receptive fields with a time course earlier than in…