Processing of Egomotion-Consistent Optic Flow in the Rhesus Macaque Cortex

Benoit Cottereau, Andrew T Smith, Samy Rima, Denis Fize, Yseult Héjja-Brichard, Luc Renaud, Camille Lejards, Nathalie Vayssière, Yves Trotter, Jean-Baptiste Durand

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The cortical network that processes visual cues to self-motion was characterized with functional magnetic resonance imaging in 3 awake behaving macaques. The experimental protocol was similar to previous human studies in which the responses to a single large optic flow patch were contrasted with responses to an array of 9 similar flow patches. This distinguishes cortical regions where neurons respond to flow in their receptive fields regardless of surrounding motion from those that are sensitive to whether the overall image arises from self-motion. In all 3 animals, significant selectivity for egomotion-consistent flow was found in several areas previously associated with optic flow processing, and notably dorsal middle superior temporal area, ventral intra-parietal area, and VPS. It was also seen in areas 7a (Opt), STPm, FEFsem, FEFsac and in a region of the cingulate sulcus that may be homologous with human area CSv. Selectivity for egomotion-compatible flow was never total but was particularly strong in VPS and putative macaque CSv. Direct comparison of results with the equivalent human studies reveals several commonalities but also some differences.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)330-343
Number of pages14
JournalCerebral Cortex
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 20 Jan 2017

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