Individual variability in functional connectivity predicts performance of a perceptual task

Antonello Baldassarre, Christopher M. Lewis, Giorgia Committeri, Abraham Z. Snyder, Gian Luca Romani, Maurizio Corbetta

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People differ in their ability to perform novel perceptual tasks, both during initial exposure and in the rate of improvement with practice. It is also known that regions of the brain recruited by particular tasks change their activity during learning. Here we investigate neural signals predictive of individual variability in performance. We used resting-state functional MRI to assess functional connectivity before training on a novel visual discrimination task. Subsequent task performance was related to functional connectivity measures within portions of visual cortex and between visual cortex and prefrontal association areas. Our results indicate that individual differences in performing novel perceptual tasks can be related to individual differences in spontaneous cortical activity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3516-3521
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Issue number9
StatePublished - Feb 28 2012


  • Predisposition
  • Spontaneous
  • Visual learning


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