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Multivariate EEG analyses support high-resolution tracking of feature-based attentional selection

Authors: Fahrenfort, Johannes Jacobus; Grubert, Anna; Olivers, Christian N. L.; Eimer, Martin;

Multivariate EEG analyses support high-resolution tracking of feature-based attentional selection

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Abstract The primary electrophysiological marker of feature-based selection is the N2pc, a lateralized posterior negativity emerging around 180-200 ms. As it relies on hemispheric differences, its ability to discriminate the locus of focal attention is severely limited. Here we demonstrate that multivariate analyses of raw EEG data provide a much more fine-grained spatial profile of feature-based target selection. When training a pattern classifier to determine target position from EEG, we were able to decode target positions on the vertical midline, which cannot be achieved using standard N2pc methodology. Next, we used a forward encoding model to construct a channel tuning function that describes the continuous relationship between target position and multivariate EEG in an eight-position display. This model can spatially discriminate individual target positions in these displays and is fully invertible, enabling us to construct hypothetical topographic activation maps for target positions that were never used. When tested against the real pattern of neural activity obtained from a different group of subjects, the constructed maps from the forward model turned out statistically indistinguishable, thus providing independent validation of our model. Our findings demonstrate the power of multivariate EEG analysis to track feature-based target selection with high spatial and temporal precision. Significance Statement Feature-based attentional selection enables observers to find objects in their visual field. The spatiotemporal profile of this process is difficult to assess with standard electrophysiological methods, which rely on activity differences between cerebral hemispheres. We demonstrate that multivariate analyses of EEG data can track target selection across the visual field with high temporal and spatial resolution. Using a forward model, we were able to capture the continuous relationship between target position and EEG measurements, allowing us to reconstruct the distribution of cortical activity for target locations that were never shown during the experiment. Our findings demonstrate the existence of a temporally and spatially precise EEG signal that can be used to study the neural basis of feature-based attentional selection.

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Microsoft Academic Graph classification: Multivariate statistics Computer science High resolution Electroencephalography Cognitive neuroscience medicine Feature based medicine.diagnostic_test business.industry Negativity effect Pattern recognition Artificial intelligence business Classifier (UML) N2pc

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SDG 16 - Peace, Science, Article, psyc, Author Correction, Multidisciplinary, SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions, Q, R, /dk/atira/pure/sustainabledevelopmentgoals/peace_justice_and_strong_institutions, Justice and Strong Institutions, Medicine

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