The goal of this study was to investigate the neurophysiological correlates of Visual Awareness, with a specific focus on its event-related spectral perturbation (ERSP) features. To this aim, we tried to disentangle proper Neural correlates of consciousness (NCC) from other prerequisite and post-perceptual processing. To do so, we administered an orientation discrimination task inducing a response bias through task instructions. EEG results showed that different frequency bands are involved in this kind of task, with different spectral and temporal dynamics. In particular, both alpha and beta bands seem to be particularly engaged, especially in the aware-unaware contrast, showing a main power suppression for aware trials and replicating previous literature. Moreover, we demonstrated that the process of Visual Awareness is orchestrated by a complex interaction of different frequencies (i.e., theta, alpha, beta, and gamma), being involved as prerequisites and post-perceptual processes.

The spectral dynamics of Visual Awareness: an interplay of different frequencies?

Tafuro, Alessandra;Mazzi, Chiara
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Savazzi, Silvia
2023-01-01

Abstract

The goal of this study was to investigate the neurophysiological correlates of Visual Awareness, with a specific focus on its event-related spectral perturbation (ERSP) features. To this aim, we tried to disentangle proper Neural correlates of consciousness (NCC) from other prerequisite and post-perceptual processing. To do so, we administered an orientation discrimination task inducing a response bias through task instructions. EEG results showed that different frequency bands are involved in this kind of task, with different spectral and temporal dynamics. In particular, both alpha and beta bands seem to be particularly engaged, especially in the aware-unaware contrast, showing a main power suppression for aware trials and replicating previous literature. Moreover, we demonstrated that the process of Visual Awareness is orchestrated by a complex interaction of different frequencies (i.e., theta, alpha, beta, and gamma), being involved as prerequisites and post-perceptual processes.
2023
ERSP
NCC
decision bias
visual awareness
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