Whole brain mapping of visual and tactile convergence in the macaque monkey


The proposal that sensory processing is achieved in segregated anatomical pathways has been profoundly revisited following the description of cross-modal anatomical connections both at higher and at lower processing levels. However, an understanding of the cortical extent of these long range cross-modal functional influences has been missing. Here, we use functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to map, in the non-human primate brain, the cortical regions which are activated by both visual and tactile stimulations. We describe an unprecedented pattern of functional visuo-tactile convergence, encompassing both low-level visual and somatosensory areas and multiple higher-order associative areas. We also show that the profile of this convergence depends on the physical properties of the mapping stimuli, indicating that visuo-tactile convergence is most probably even more prevailing than what we actually describe. Overall, these observations substantiate the view that the brain is massively multisensory.

DOI: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2015.05.022

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@article{Guipponi2015WholeBM, title={Whole brain mapping of visual and tactile convergence in the macaque monkey}, author={Olivier Guipponi and Justine Cl{\'e}ry and Soline Odouard and Claire Wardak and Suliann Ben Hamed}, journal={NeuroImage}, year={2015}, volume={117}, pages={93-102} }