Findings from target search paradigms are also well in line with the influence of C. The difficult conjunction search elicits a larger P1 than the much easier pop-out Trichostatin A solubility dmso search which is associated with D. Both processes, C and D lead
to a modulation of SNR in task relevant networks (for a discussion of theoretical considerations see e.g., Navalpakkam and Itti, 2007), but the more difficult of the two processes has a stronger effect on SNR and hence on the size of the P1 amplitude. Another interesting finding is that the P1 is larger for large search arrays which are more difficult to process than small search arrays. Several properties of the P1 show similarities with alpha oscillations. As an example, the latency of the P1 (of about 100 ms) corresponds to the length of the alpha period which is 100 ms for a typical alpha frequency of 10 Hz. More specifically, P1 latency is significantly correlated Selleck BMS354825 with individual alpha frequency (Klimesch et al. 2004), and alpha phase locking is largest in the time window of the P1 (Klimesch et al. 2004). Furthermore, alpha power predicts the size of the P1 amplitude (Freunberger et al., 2008a) and significant phase alignment of alpha oscillations predicts P1 latency (Gruber et al. 2005). Finally, under certain task demands, latency differences in the topography of the P1 can be explained by traveling alpha waves (Klimesch et al. 2007c). It is important to emphasize here that phase reorganization
appears as a necessary and logical consequence of an oscillation theory (cf. Klimesch et al. 2007b for an extensive discussion of this issue). If it is assumed that oscillations play an important role for the timing of sensory and cognitive processes this basic function must be evident also during the event-related response and phase reorganization is an obligatory consequence to Selleck Rucaparib avoid the potential problem that a stimulus may fall in the unfavorable phase of an oscillatory cycle.
It also should be mentioned that the influence of alpha on the ERP is not limited to early components, such as the P1. There is empirical evidence that baseline shifts of alpha (cf. Nikulin et al., 2007) and asymmetric alpha amplitude modulations (Mazaheri and Jensen, 2008) have a strong influence on slow evoked responses. In the following, we discuss findings that document a complex relationship between ongoing alpha and the P1 component. We focus on two different aspects. One aspect emphasizes the cognitive-functional relationship between alpha and the P1, and the other focuses on quantitative and physiological aspects. Before we start to consider a quantitative relationship between ongoing alpha and P1 amplitude it is important to emphasize that prestimulus alpha power is predictive for good memory and perceptual performance. For memory performance, we have shown that large resting or prestimulus alpha power is positively associated with performance (Doppelmayr et al.