Activation and deactivation during the rapid visual information processing task: an fMRI study.
GARAVAN, HUGH PATRICK
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Citation:Lawrence, N., Ross, T., Hoffman, R., Garavan, H., Stein, E.A. `Activation and deactivation during the rapid visual information processing task: an fMRI study? in Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 15, 2003, pp 1028 - 1038
Sustained attention deficits occur in several neuropsychi- atric disorders. However, the underlying neurobiological mechanisms are still incompletely understood. To that end, functional MRI was used to investigate the neural substrates of sustained attention (vigilance) using the rapid visual information processing (RVIP) task in 25 healthy volunteers. In order to better understand the neural networks under- lying attentional abilities, brain regions where task-induced activation correlated with task performance were identified. Performance of the RVIP task activated a network of frontal, parietal, occipital, thalamic, and cerebellar regions. Deactiva- tion during task performance was seen in the anterior and posterior cingulate, insula, and the left temporal and parahippocampal gyrus. Good task performance, as defined by better detection of target stimuli, was correlated with enhanced activation in predominantly right fronto-parietal regions and with decreased activation in predominantly left temporo-limbic and cingulate areas. Factor analysis revealed that these performance-correlated regions were grouped into two separate networks comprised of positively activated and negatively activated intercorrelated regions. Poor performers failed to significantly activate or deactivate these networks, whereas good performers either activated the positive or deactivated the negative network, or did both. The fact that both increased activation of task-specific areas and increased deactivation of task-irrelevant areas mediate cognitive func- tions underlying good RVIP task performance suggests two independent circuits, presumably reflecting different cogni- tive strategies, can be recruited to perform this vigilance task.
Series/Report no:Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience