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Posterior parietal cortex evaluates visuoproprioceptive congruence based on brief visual information

Limanowski, J; Blankenburg, F; (2017) Posterior parietal cortex evaluates visuoproprioceptive congruence based on brief visual information. Scientific Reports , 7 , Article 16659. 10.1038/s41598-017-16848-7. Green open access

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Abstract

To represent one’s upper limbs for action, the brain relies on a combined position estimate based on visual and proprioceptive information. Monkey neurophysiology and human brain imaging suggest that the underlying operations are implemented in a network of fronto-parietal and occipitotemporal cortical areas. Recently, a potential hierarchical arrangement of these areas has been proposed, emphasizing the posterior parietal cortex (PPC) in early multisensory comparison and integration. Here, we used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and a virtual reality-based setup to briefy (0.5s) present healthy human participants photorealistic virtual hands, of matching or nonmatching anatomical side, or objects at the same or a diferent location than their real hidden left or right hand. The inferior parietal lobe (IPL) of the left PPC showed a signifcant preference for congruent visuoproprioceptive hand position information. Moreover, the left body part-selective extrastriate body area (EBA; functionally localized) signifcantly increased its coupling with the left IPL during visuoproprioceptive congruence vs. incongruence. Our results suggest that the PPC implements early visuoproprioceptive comparison and integration processes, likely relying on information exchange with the EBA.

Type: Article
Title: Posterior parietal cortex evaluates visuoproprioceptive congruence based on brief visual information
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-16848-7
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-017-16848-7
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © The Author(s) 2017. Open Access This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, which permits use, sharing, adaptation, distribution and reproduction in any medium or format, as long as you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made. Te images or other third party material in this article are included in the article’s Creative Commons license, unless indicated otherwise in a credit line to the material. If material is not included in the article’s Creative Commons license and your intended use is not permitted by statutory regulation or exceeds the permitted use, you will need to obtain permission directly from the copyright holder. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/.
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10070078
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