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Visual motion perception from stimulation of the human medial parieto-occipital cortex

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Visual phenomena evoked by direct electrical stimulation of extrastriate cortex were observed in 30 epileptic patients as part of a presurgical investigation. An incremental sequence of low-level bipolar stimulation trains was delivered at medial and lateral pairs of contacts of stereotaxically-implanted multilead intracerebral electrodes in parietal, occipital and posterior temporal regions. Diffusion of stimulus afterdischarges was monitored by electrodes in temporal and frontal lobes and by the non-stimulated contacts of the stimulated electrode. Localized stimulations evoked few visual phenomena. The strongest anatomo-perceptual correlation was found for stimulation in the medial parieto-occipital fissure which evoked visual motion phenomena in all three patients stimulated in that region. The evoked motion perceptions were not associated with eye movements or any particular localization of the epileptic focus. These perceptions were only evoked once outside of the medial PO region at the 61 sites examined. The results suggest that the medial parieto-occipital region is closely linked to the human visual motion processing system.

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Richer, F., Martinez, M., Cohen, H. et al. Visual motion perception from stimulation of the human medial parieto-occipital cortex. Exp Brain Res 87, 649–652 (1991). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00227090

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Key words

  • Human visual cortex
  • Extrastriate visual areas
  • Brain stimulation
  • Motion perception