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Title: Temporal properties of optic flow responses in the ventral intraparietal area
Authors: Gabel, S F
Misslisch, H
Schaafsma, S J
Duysens, Jaak # ×
Issue Date: 2002
Series Title: Visual neuroscience vol:19 issue:3 pages:381-388
Abstract: The ventral intraparietal area (VIP) is located at the end of the dorsal stream. Its neurons are known to have receptive-field characteristics similar to those of MT and MST neurons, but little is known about the temporal characteristics of VIP cells' responses. How fast are directionally selective responses evoked in the ventral intraparietal area after viewing optic flow patterns, and what are the temporal properties of these neuronal responses? To examine these questions, we recorded the activity of 37 directionally selective ventral intraparietal area (VIP) neurons in two awake macaque monkeys in response to optic flow stimuli with presentation times ranging from 17 ms to 2000 ms. We found a minimum response latency of 45 ms, and a median latency of 152 ms. Of all neurons, 10% showed early response components only (response latency < 150 ms and no activity in 500-2000 ms interval after stimulus onset), 55% only late response components (response latency >150 ms and sustained activity in 500-2000 ms interval), and 35% both early and late response components. Early responses appeared to very brief stimulus presentations (33-ms duration), while the late responses required longer stimulus durations. The directional selectivity was independent of optic flow duration in all cells. These results suggest that only a subset of neurons in area VIP may contribute to the fast processing of optic flow, while showing that the temporal properties of VIP responses clearly differ from the temporal characteristics of neurons in areas MT and MST.
ISSN: 0952-5238
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Non-KU Leuven Association publications
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