November 27, 2020

Topographic connectivity reveals task-dependent retinotopic processing throughout the human brain.

The human visual system is organized as a hierarchy of maps that share the retina’s topography. Although retinotopic maps have been identified throughout the brain, how much of the brain is visually organized remains unknown. Here we demonstrate widespread stable visual organization beyond the traditional visual system by analyzing topographic connectivity with primary visual cortex during moviewatching, rest, and retinotopic mapping. Detailed visual-spatial organization derived from retinotopic connectivity is modulated by experimental condition. Specifically, traditionally visual regions alternate with default mode network and hippocampus in preferentially representing the center of the visual field. This visual role of hippocampus would allow it to implement sensory predictions by interfacing between abstract memories and concrete perceptions. These results indicate that pervasive sensory coding facilitates the communication between far-flung brain regions.

 bioRxiv Subject Collection: Neuroscience

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