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Investigating neural correlates of conscious perception by frequency-tagged neuromagnetic responses.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9501240     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In binocular rivalry, a subject views two incongruent stimuli through each eye but consciously perceives only one stimulus at a time, with a switch in perceptual dominance every few seconds. To investigate the neural correlates of perceptual dominance in humans, seven subjects were recorded with a 148-channel magnetoencephalography array while experiencing binocular rivalry. A red vertical grating flickering at one frequency was presented to one eye through a red filter and a blue horizontal grating flickering at a different frequency was presented to the other eye through a blue filter. Steady-state neuromagnetic responses at the two frequencies were used as tags for the two stimuli and analyzed with high-resolution power spectra. It was found that a large number of channels showed peaks at both frequencies, arranged in a horseshoe pattern from posterior to anterior regions, whether or not the subject was consciously perceiving the corresponding stimulus. However, the amount of power at the stimulus frequency was modulated in relation to perceptual dominance, being lower in many channels by 50-85% when the subject was not conscious of that stimulus. Such modulation by perceptual dominance, although not global, was distributed to a large subset of regions showing stimulus-related responses, including regions outside visual cortex. The results demonstrate a correlation between the conscious perception of a visual stimulus and the synchronous activity of large populations of neurons as reflected by steady-state neuromagnetic responses.
G Tononi; R Srinivasan; D P Russell; G M Edelman
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America     Volume:  95     ISSN:  0027-8424     ISO Abbreviation:  Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A.     Publication Date:  1998 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1998-04-10     Completed Date:  1998-04-10     Revised Date:  2009-11-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7505876     Medline TA:  Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  3198-203     Citation Subset:  IM    
The Neurosciences Institute, 10640 John J. Hopkins Drive, San Diego, CA 92121, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Brain Mapping
Evoked Potentials, Visual
Functional Laterality / physiology*
Magnetoencephalography / methods*
Middle Aged
Vision, Binocular / physiology*
Visual Perception / physiology*

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