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  Modulation of visual neurons in the superior temporal sulcus by audio-visual congruency

Dahl, C., Logothetis, N., & Kayser, C. (2010). Modulation of visual neurons in the superior temporal sulcus by audio-visual congruency. Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience, 4(10), 1-8. doi:10.3389/fnint.2010.00010.

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Dahl, CD1, 2, Author              
Logothetis, NK1, Author              
Kayser, C1, 3, Author              
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1Department Physiology of Cognitive Processes, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society, ou_1497798              
2Department Human Perception, Cognition and Action, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society, ou_1497797              
3Research Group Physiology of Sensory Integration, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society, ou_1497808              

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 Abstract: Our ability to identify or recognize visual objects is often enhanced by evidence provided by other sensory modalities. Yet, where and how visual object processing benefits from the information received by the other senses remains unclear. One candidate region is the temporal lobe, which features neural representations of visual objects, and in which previous studies have provided evidence for multisensory influences on neural responses. In the present study we directly tested whether visual representations in the lower bank of the superior temporal sulcus (STS) benefit from acoustic information. To this end, we recorded neural responses in alert monkeys passively watching audioamp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;8208;visual scenes, and quantified the impact of simultaneously presented sounds on responses elicited by the presentation of naturalistic visual scenes. Using methods of stimulus decoding and information theory, we then asked whether the responses of STS neurons become more reliable and informative in multisensory contexts. Our results demonstrate that STS neurons are indeed sensitive to the modality composition of the sensory stimulus and show that both response timing and amplitude are affected by simultaneously presented sounds. Importantly, information provided by STS neurons’ responses about the particular visual stimulus being presented was highest during congruent audioamp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;8208;visual and unimodal visual stimulation, but was reduced during incongruent bimodal stimulation. Together, these findings demonstrate that higher visual representations in the STS not only convey information about the visual input but depend on and reflect also the information acquired by other sensory modalities.

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 Dates: 2010-04
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