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Ting Yan, Hui-Hui Zhou. Synchronization between frontal eye field and area V4 during free-gaze visual search. Zoological Research, 2019, 40(5): 394-403. doi: 10.24272/j.issn.2095-8137.2019.055
Citation: Ting Yan, Hui-Hui Zhou. Synchronization between frontal eye field and area V4 during free-gaze visual search. Zoological Research, 2019, 40(5): 394-403. doi: 10.24272/j.issn.2095-8137.2019.055

Synchronization between frontal eye field and area V4 during free-gaze visual search

doi: 10.24272/j.issn.2095-8137.2019.055
Funds:  the National Key R&D Program of China(2017YFC1307500);the National Natural Science Foundation of China(31800900);the CAS-Iranian Vice presidency for Science and Technology Joint Research Project(172644KYSB2016 0175);Guangdong Innovative and Entrepreneurial Research Team Program(2014ZT05S020);Shenzhen Municipal Grants(KQJSCX 20170731164702657)
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  • Corresponding author: Ting Yan,Hui-Hui Zhou
  • Received Date: 2019-01-04
  • Publish Date: 2019-09-18
  • Information flow between the prefrontal and visual cortices is critical for visual behaviors such as visual search. To investigate its mechanisms, we simultaneously recorded spike and local field potential (LFP) signals in the frontal eye field (FEF) and area V4 while monkeys performed a free-gaze visual search task. During free-gaze search, spike-LFP coherence between FEF and V4 was enhanced in the theta rhythm (4–8 Hz) but suppressed in the alpha rhythm (8–13 Hz). Cross-frequency couplings during the Cue period before the search phase were related to monkey performance, with higher FEF theta-V4 gamma coupling and lower FEF alpha-V4 gamma coupling associated with faster search. Finally, feature-based attention during search enhanced spike-LFP coherence between FEF and V4 in the gamma and beta rhythms, whereas overt spatial attention reduced coherence at frequencies up to 30 Hz. These results suggest that oscillatory coupling may play an important role in mediating interactions between the prefrontal and visual cortices during visual search.
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