Title: Suppressive and enhancing effects in early visual cortex during illusory shape perception: A comment on Kok and de Lange (2014)
Authors: Moors, Pieter # ×
Issue Date: 22-Jan-2015
Publisher: Pion Ltd.
Series Title: i-Perception vol:6 issue:1 pages:41-44
Abstract: In a recent functional magnetic resonance imaging study, Kok and de Lange (2014) observed that BOLD activity for a Kanizsa illusory shape stimulus, in which pacmen-like inducers elicit an illusory shape percept, was either enhanced or suppressed relative to a nonillusory control configuration depending on whether the spatial profile of BOLD activity in early visual cortex was related to the illusory shape or the inducers, respectively. The authors argued that these findings fit well with the predictive coding framework, because top-down predictions related to the illusory shape are not met with bottom-up sensory input and hence the feedforward error signal is enhanced. Conversely, for the inducing elements, there is a match between top-down predictions and input, leading to a decrease in error. Rather than invoking predictive coding as the explanatory framework, the suppressive effect related to the inducers might be caused by neural adaptation to perceptually stable input due to the trial sequence used in the experiment.
ISSN: 2041-6695
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Laboratory for Experimental Psychology
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