Oscillatory MEG gamma band activity dissociates perceptual and conceptual aspects of visual object processing: A combined repetition/conceptual priming study

Autor(en): Friese, Uwe 
Supp, Gernot G.
Hipp, Joerg F. 
Engel, Andreas K. 
Gruber, Thomas 
Stichwörter: BRAIN ACTIVITY; CORTICAL ACTIVITY; FUSIFORM CORTEX; Gamma-band activity; HUMAN EEG; IMAGE AGREEMENT; Induced; MEG; NAME AGREEMENT; NEURAL MECHANISMS; Neuroimaging; Neurosciences; Neurosciences & Neurology; Oscillation; PHASE SYNCHRONY; Priming; Radiology, Nuclear Medicine & Medical Imaging; RECOGNITION TASK; REPETITION SUPPRESSION; Temporal cortex
Erscheinungsdatum: 2012
Volumen: 59
Ausgabe: 1, SI
Startseite: 861
Seitenende: 871
We used a combined repetition/conceptual priming task to investigate attenuations of induced gamma-band activity (iGBA) due to prior experience. We hypothesized that distinguishable iGBA suppression effects can be related to the processing of (a) perceptual aspects, and (b) conceptual aspects of cortical object representations. Participants were asked to perform a semantic classification task with pictures of real world objects and their semantically corresponding words, using a design that isolated distinct levels of the neural suppression effect. By means of volumetric source analysis we located stimulus domain-specific iGBA repetition suppression effects (60-90 Hz) in temporal, parietal, and occipital areas of the human cortex. In contrast, domain-unspecific iGBA repetition suppression, corresponding to conceptual priming, was restricted to left temporal brain regions. We propose that the selective involvement of left temporal areas points to the activation of conceptual representations, whereas more posterior temporal, parietal, and occipital areas probably reflect perceptual aspects of higher-order visual object processing. (C) 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
ISSN: 10538119
DOI: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2011.07.073

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