Perceptual choice boosts network stability: effect of neuromodulation?
Trends in Cognitive Sciences
A recent paper demonstrates that conscious perceptual decisions are characterized by a hallmark of attractor states in recurrent cortical networks: increased stability of cortex-wide activity patterns. We propose that this global cortical state change may be caused by a transient gain modulation through ascending brainstem systems.
Warren, C. M., Nieuwenhuis, S., & Donner, T. H. (2015). Perceptual choice boosts network stability: effect of neuromodulation? Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 19(7), 362-364.