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2013 Technical Reports

Integrating attentional modulation with attentional selection

Albert L. Rothenstein and John K. Tsotsos

Technical Report CSE-2013-07

York University

August 16 2013


Various models of the neural mechanisms of attentional modulation in the visual cortex have been proposed. In general, these models assume that an 'attention' parameter is provided separately. Its value as well as the selection of neuron(s) to which it applies are assumed, but its source and the selection mechanism are unspecified. Here we show how the Selective Tuning model of visual attention can account for the modulation of the firing rate at the single neuron level, and for the temporal pattern of attentional modulations in the visual cortex, in a self-contained formulation that simultaneously determines the stimulus.

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