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Form and motion make independent contributions to the response to biological motion in occipitotemporal cortex.
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PMID:  21839175     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Psychophysical and computational studies have provided evidence that both form and motion cues are used in the perception of biological motion. However, neuroimaging and neurophysiological studies have suggested that the neural processing of actions in temporal cortex might rely on form cues alone. Here we examined the contribution of form and motion to the spatial pattern of response to biological motion in ventral and lateral occipitotemporal cortex, using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and multivoxel pattern analysis (MVPA). We found that selectivity to intact versus scrambled biological motion in lateral occipitotemporal cortex was correlated with selectivity for bodies and not for motion. However, this appeared to be due to the fact that subtracting scrambled from intact biological motion removes any contribution of local motion cues. Instead, we found that form and motion made independent contributions to the spatial pattern of responses to biological motion in lateral occipitotemporal regions MT, MST, and the extrastriate body area. The motion contribution was position-dependent, and consistent with the representation of contra- and ipsilateral visual fields in MT and MST. In contrast, only form contributed to the response to biological motion in the fusiform body area, with a bias towards central versus peripheral presentation. These results indicate that the pattern of response to biological motion in ventral and lateral occipitotemporal cortex reflects the linear combination of responses to form and motion.
James C Thompson; Wendy Baccus
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-8-2
Journal Detail:
Title:  NeuroImage     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1095-9572     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-8-15     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  9215515     Medline TA:  Neuroimage     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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