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Dynamic patterns make the premotor cortex interested in objects: Influence of stimulus and task revealed by fMRI

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Schubotz,  Ricarda Ines
MPI of Cognitive Neuroscience (Leipzig, -2003), The Prior Institutes, MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Max Planck Society;

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von Cramon,  D. Yves
MPI of Cognitive Neuroscience (Leipzig, -2003), The Prior Institutes, MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Max Planck Society;

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Schubotz, R. I., & von Cramon, D. Y. (2002). Dynamic patterns make the premotor cortex interested in objects: Influence of stimulus and task revealed by fMRI. Cognitive Brain Research, 14(3), 357-369. doi:10.1016/S0926-6410(02)00138-6.


Zitierlink: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0010-ADA0-A
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Research in monkey and man indicates that the ventrolateral premotor cortex (PMv) underlies not only the preparation of manual movements, but also the perceptual representation of pragmatic object properties. However, visual stimuli without any pragmatic meaning were recently found to elicit selective PMv responses if they were subjected to a perceivable pattern of change. We used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to investigate if perceptual representations in the PMv might apply not only to pragmatic, but also to dynamic stimulus properties. To this end, a sequential figure matching task that required the processing of dynamic features was contrasted with a non-figure control task (Experiment 1) and an individual figure matching task (Experiment 2). In order to control for potential influences of stimulus properties that might be associated with pragmatic attributes, different types of abstract visual stimuli were employed. The experiments yielded two major findings: if their dynamic properties are attended, then abstract 2D visual figures are sufficient to trigger activation within premotor areas involved in hand-object interaction. Moreover, these premotor activations are independent from stimulus properties that might relate to pragmatic features. The results imply that the PMv is engaged in the processing of stimuli that are usually or actually embedded within either a pragmatic or a dynamic context.