Visual motion responses in the posterior cingulate sulcus: A comparison to V5/MT and MST

Nikos Logothetis, Elvira Fischer, Heinrich H. Bülthoff, Nikos K. Logothetis, Andreas Bartels

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    Motion processing regions apart from V5+/MT+ are still relatively poorly understood. Here, we used functional magnetic resonance imaging to perform a detailed functional analysis of the recently described cingulate sulcus visual area (CSv) in the dorsal posterior cingulate cortex. We used distinct types of visual motion stimuli to compare CSv with V5/MT and MST, including a visual pursuit paradigm. Both V5/MT and MST preferred 3D flow over 2D planar motion, responded less yet substantially to random motion, had a strong preference for contralateral versus ipsilateral stimulation, and responded nearly equally to contralateral and to full-field stimuli. In contrast, CSv had a pronounced preference to 2D planar motion over 3D flow, did not respond to random motion, had a weak and nonsignificant lateralization that was significantly smaller than that of MST, and strongly preferred full-field over contralateral stimuli. In addition, CSv had a better capability to integrate eye movements with retinal motion compared with V5/MT and MST. CSv thus differs from V5+/MT+ by its unique preference to full-field, coherent, and planar motion cues. These results place CSv in a good position to process visual cues related to self-induced motion, in particular those associated to eye or lateral head movements. © The Authors 2011. Published by Oxford University Press.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)865-876
    Number of pages11
    JournalCerebral Cortex
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2012


    • CSv
    • eye movements
    • flow
    • fMRI
    • pursuit
    • self-motion


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