The effects of priming on frontal-temporal communication

Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Massachusetts General Hospital/Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02115, USA.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (Impact Factor: 9.81). 07/2008; 105(24):8405-9. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0710674105
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ABSTRACT Repeated exposure to a stimulus facilitates its processing. This is reflected in faster and more accurate identification, reduced perceptual identification thresholds, and more efficient classifications for repeated compared with novel items. Here, we test a hypothesis that this experience-based behavioral facilitation is a result of enhanced communication between distinct cortical regions, which reduces local processing demands. A magnetoencephalographic investigation revealed that repeated object classification led to decreased neural responses in the prefrontal cortex and temporal cortex. Critically, this decrease in absolute activity was accompanied by greater neural synchrony (a measure of functional connectivity) between these regions with repetition. Additionally, the onset of the enhanced interregional synchrony predicted the degree of behavioral facilitation. These findings suggest that object repetition results in enhanced interactions between brain regions, which facilitates performance and reduces processing demands on the regions involved.

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    • "We suggest that this higher efficiency of processing is reflected by an increase in functional coupling between task-relevant brain regions: Brain regions significantly activated during the task were more strongly coupled with each other during CON than INC. Moreover, in line with the assumption that efficient processing entails lower levels of neural activity (Ghuman et al. 2008; Kujala et al. 2012), several brain regions showed less activation under CON relative to INC. "
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