Phasic auditory alerting improves visual conscious perception

Flor Kusnir, Ana B. Chica, Manuel A. Mitsumasu, Paolo Bartolomeo

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Attention is often conceived as a gateway to consciousness (Posner, 1994). Although endogenous spatial attention may be independent of conscious perception (CP) (Koch Tsuchiya, 2007), exogenous spatial orienting seems instead to be an important modulator of CP (Chica, Lasaponara, Lupiáñez, Doricchi, & Bartolomeo, 2010; Chica, Lasaponara, et al., 2011). Here, we investigate the role of auditory alerting in CP in normal observers. We used a behavioral task in which phasic alerting tones were presented either at unpredictable or at predictable time intervals prior to the occurrence of a near-threshold visual target. We find, for the first time in neurologically intact observers, that phasic alertness increases CP, both objectively and subjectively. This result is consistent with evidence showing that phasic alerting can ameliorate the spatial bias exhibited by visual neglect patients (Robertson, Mattingley, Rorden, & Driver, 1998). The alerting network may increase the activity of fronto-parietal networks involved in top-down amplification required to bring a stimulus into consciousness (Dehaene, Changeux, Naccache, Sackur, & Sergent, 2006).
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)1201-1210
Numero di pagine10
RivistaConsciousness and Cognition
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2011
Pubblicato esternamente


  • Acoustic Stimulation
  • Adult
  • Attention
  • Consciousness
  • Cues
  • Discrimination (Psychology)
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Photic Stimulation
  • Psychomotor Performance
  • Reaction Time
  • Signal Detection, Psychological
  • Visual Perception
  • Young Adult


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