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ID: 461726.0, MPI für biologische Kybernetik / Biologische Kybernetik
The Coding of Color, Motion, and Their Conjunction in the Human Visual Cortex
Authors:Seymour, K.; Clifford, C.W.G.; Logothetis, N.K.; Bartels, A.
Date of Publication (YYYY-MM-DD):2009-02
Title of Journal:Current Biology
Issue / Number:3
Start Page:177
End Page:183
Audience:Not Specified
Intended Educational Use:No
Abstract / Description:Background. Colour and motion serve as the prime examples of segregated processing in the visual brain, giving rise to the question how colour-motion conjunctions are represented. This problem is also known as the ‘binding problem’.
Results. Human volunteers viewed visual displays containing coloured dots rotating around the centre. The dots could be red or green, and rotate clockwise or counter-clockwise, leading to four possible stimulus displays. Superimposed pairs of such stimuli provided two additional displays, each containing both colours and both directions of motion, but differing in their feature-conjunctions. We applied multivariate classifiers to voxel activation patterns obtained whilst subjects viewed such displays. Our analyses confirm the presence of directional motion information across visual cortex, and provide evidence of hue coding in all early visual areas except V5/MT+. Within each cortical area, information on colour and motion appeared to be coded in distinct sets of voxels. Furthermore, our results demonstrate the explicit representation of feature conjunctions in primary visual cortex and beyond.
Conclusions. The results show that conjunctions can be de-coded from spatial activation patterns already in V1, indicating an explicit coding of conjunctions at early stages of visual processing. Our findings raise the possibility that the solution of what has been taken as the prime example of the binding problem engages neural mechanisms as early as V1.
External Publication Status:published
Document Type:Article
Communicated by:Holger Fischer
Affiliations:MPI für biologische Kybernetik/Neurophysiology (Dept. Logothetis)
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