Wednesday, June 20, 2007

HBM: Ideas: Visual Discrimination Project: General Questions

1. Is there poorer behavioral perceptual discrimination with age?
2. If so, what are the neural correlates? Is it a perceptual representation problem (ventral visual dedifferentiation)? Or is it a selection/decision-making/control process problem (noise, non-selectivity in frontal cortex)?
3. Is this the same across all types of stimuli (eg faces, patterns, random shapes)?
4. Is there a constant in terms of brain activation pattern across all individuals which is necessary for discrimination?
5. Which parts of the brain are predictive of whether the individual is able to discriminate visual stimuli (classifier algorithms on whole brain)?
6. What leads to individual differences in performance? And if all individuals are equated at some level of performance, do the individual differences disappear?

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