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  fMRI and its interpretations: an illustration on directional selectivity in area V5/MT

Bartels, A., Logothetis, N., & Moutoussis, K. (2008). fMRI and its interpretations: an illustration on directional selectivity in area V5/MT. Trends in Neurosciences, 31(9), 444-453. doi:doi:10.1016/j.tins.2008.06.004.

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Bartels, A1, 2, Author              
Logothetis, NK1, 2, Author              
Moutoussis, K, Author              
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1Department Physiology of Cognitive Processes, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society, ou_1497798              
2Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society, Spemannstrasse 38, 72076 Tübingen, DE, ou_1497794              

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 Abstract: fMRI is a tool to study brain function noninvasively that can reliably identify sites of neural involvement for a given task. However, to what extent can fMRI signals be related to measures obtained in electrophysiology? Can the blood-oxygen-level-dependent signal be interpreted as spatially pooled spiking activity? Here we combine knowledge from neurovascular coupling, functional imaging and neurophysiology to discuss whether fMRI has succeeded in demonstrating one of the most established functional properties in the visual brain, namely directional selectivity in the motion-processing region V5/MT+. We also discuss differences of fMRI and electrophysiology in their sensitivity to distinct physiological processes. We conclude that fMRI constitutes a complement, not a poor-resolution substitute, to invasive techniques, and that it deserves interpretations that acknowledge its stand as a separate signal.

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 Dates: 2008-09
 Publication Status: Published in print
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 Identifiers: DOI: doi:10.1016/j.tins.2008.06.004
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Title: Trends in Neurosciences
  Other : Trends Neurosci.
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Publ. Info: Oxford : Elsevier Current Trends
Pages: - Volume / Issue: 31 (9) Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: 444 - 453 Identifier: ISSN: 0166-2236
CoNE: https://pure.mpg.de/cone/journals/resource/954927741850