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- Occipitotemporal activity elicited by viewing eye movements : a magnetoencephalographic study
- Puce, Aina; Watanabe, Shoko; Kakigi, Ryusuke
- Thetemporal and spatial processing of viewing eye movements was studied by magnetoencephalography (MEG) in six normal subjects. Three visual stimulus types were studied: (1) moving eyes (EYES), (2) moving simulated eyes (SIM), consisting of checks moving in the same spatial location as EYES, and (3) an inwardly moving radial pattern (RADIAL). A large clear MEG component, 1M, with mean peak latency of approximately 170 ms, was seen in the right hemisphere to RADIAL and EYES in all six subjects. The 1M to EYES was significantly longer in latency and smaller in amplitude than that seen to RADIAL. A left hemisphere 1M to EYES and RADIAL was seen in three of six subjects. In all subjects and both hemispheres the equivalent current dipoles (ECD) for EYES and RADIAL were located near the occipitotemporal border, the MT/V5 homologue in humans. The ECD to EYES was significantly more posterior and inferior than that to RADIAL, with a calculated significant separation distance of around 1 cm. No ECD was estimated in the fusiform gyrus, a structure that plays a main role in static face perception. Although the 1M was detected in SIM in all six subjects, our criteria for a reliable ECD could only be satisfied in only one subject. Our results suggest that the cortex of human MT/V5 and its surrounds is active both in the perception of eye motion and motion in general, particularly in the right hemisphere. The areas responsive to eye motion were separable from those responsive to radial motion. These data suggest that there may be specialization within regions of human cortex previously thought to be sensitive to motion in general.
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- Journal article
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- Swinburne University of Technology. Brain Sciences Institute
- NeuroImage, Vol. 13, no. 2 (2001), pp. 351-363
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- Academic Press
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- © 2001 Academic Press.