The attention-span of a fly

van Swinderen, Bruno (2007) The attention-span of a fly. Fly, 1 3: 187-189.

Author van Swinderen, Bruno
Title The attention-span of a fly
Journal name Fly   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1933-6934
Publication date 2007-05-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 1
Issue 3
Start page 187
End page 189
Total pages 3
Place of publication Austin, Texas, U.S.A.
Publisher Landes Bioscience
Language eng
Subject 0699 Other Biological Sciences
Abstract Evidence for selective attention in animals depends in part on the observation that brain responses are associated with a salient stimulus and suppressed for competing stimuli. However, salience is dynamic, and a previously unattended stimulus may in turn become salient after a period of time. Thus, a second feature of selective attention is that it is characterized by a measurable tempo of alternating responsiveness among competing percepts. Previous analyses of attention-like responses to visual novelty in the Drosophila brain are extended here to address alternating attention between ongoing, competing visual stimuli. A simple method for identifying and quantifying such ongoing attention-like states is outlined, and analysis of data from wild-type and dunce animals revealed a distinct temporal structure of alternations (an attention span) in these strains. In addition to providing insight into attention-like states of Drosophila variants, this method can also be applied to other insects to infer alternation dynamics in a variety of brains.
Keyword selective attention
local field potential
Q-Index Code C1

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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