December 3, 2020

Parietal Mechanisms for Transsaccadic Spatial Frequency Perception: An fMRI Study

Posterior parietal cortex (PPC), specifically right supramarginal gyrus, is involved in transsaccadic memory of object orientation for both perception and action. Here, we investigated whether PPC is involved in transsaccadic memory of other features, namely spatial frequency. We employed a functional magnetic resonance imaging paradigm where participants briefly viewed a grating stimulus with a specific spatial frequency that later reappeared with the same or different frequency, after a saccade or continuous fixation. Post-saccadic frequency modulation activated a region in the right hemisphere spanning medial PPC (ventral precuneus) and posterior cingulate cortex. Importantly, the site of peak precuneus activation showed saccade-specific feature modulation (compared to fixation) and task-specific saccade modulation (compared to a saccade localizer task). Psychophysiological interaction analysis revealed functional connectivity between this precuneus site and the precentral gyrus (M1), lingual gyrus (V1/V2), and medial occipitotemporal sulcus. This differed from the transsaccadic orientation network, perhaps because spatial frequency signaled changes in object identity. Overall, this experiment supports a general role for PPC in transsaccadic vision, but suggests that different networks are employed for specific features.

 bioRxiv Subject Collection: Neuroscience

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