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ID: 548472.0, MPI für biologische Kybernetik / Biologische Kybernetik
Disrupting Parietal Function Prolongs Dominance Durations in Binocular Rivalry
Authors:Zaretskaya, N.; Thielscher, A.; Logothetis, N.K.; Bartels, A.
Date of Publication (YYYY-MM-DD):2010-12
Title of Journal:Current Biology
Issue / Number:23
Start Page:2106
End Page:2111
Audience:Not Specified
Intended Educational Use:No
Abstract / Description:Human brain imaging studies of bistable perceptual phenomena revealed that frontal and parietal areas are activated during perceptual switches between the two conflicting percepts [1,2,3]. However, these studies do not provide information about causality, i.e., whether activity reports a consequence or a cause of the perceptual change. Here we used functional magnetic resonance imaging to individually localize four parietal regions involved in perceptual switches during binocular rivalry in 15 subjects and subsequently disturbed their neural processing and that of a control site using 2 Hz repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) during binocular rivalry. We found that TMS over one of the sites, the right intraparietal sulcus (IPS), prolonged the periods of stable percepts. Additionally, the more lateralized the blood oxygen level-dependent signal was in IPS, the more lateralized the TMS effects were. Lateralization varied considerably across subjects, with a right-hemispheric bias. Control replay e
xperiments rule out nonspecific effects of TMS on task performance, reaction times, or eye blinks. Our results thus demonstrate a causal, destabilizing, and individually lateralized effect of normal IPS function on perceptual continuity in rivalry. This is in accord with a role of IPS in perceptual selection, relating its role in rivalrous perception to that in attention [4,5,6].
External Publication Status:published
Document Type:Article
Communicated by:Holger Fischer
Affiliations:MPI für biologische Kybernetik/Neurophysiology (Dept. Logothetis)
MPI für biologische Kybernetik/High-Field Magnetic Resonance Center (Dept. Ugurbil)
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