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John J. Foxe, Jeremy W. Murphy and Pierfilippo De Sanctis Throwing out the rules: anticipatory alpha-band oscillatory attention mechanisms during task-set reconfigurations European Journal of Neuroscience 39

Version of Record online: 1 APR 2014 | DOI: 10.1111/ejn.12577

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We often need to juggle tasks, rapidly calling up rules for a new task while inhibiting rules for the last task. Research shows that oscillatory brain mechanisms in the alpha-band (8–14 Hz) are involved in the anticipatory deployment of attention. Here, we show that patterns of alpha-band synchronisations and desynchronisations are related to performance during a task where individuals are required to switch rapidly between performance of an auditory and a visual task. The more vigorous these alpha-band modulations were, the more effectively an individual switched between sensory modalities.

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