Remapping of the line motion illusion across eye movements

Melcher, D. and Fracasso, A. (2012) Remapping of the line motion illusion across eye movements. Experimental Brain Research, 218(4), pp. 503-514. (doi:10.1007/s00221-012-3043-6) (PMID:22392445)

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Abstract

Although motion processing in the brain has been classically studied in terms of retinotopically defined receptive fields, recent evidence suggests that motion perception can occur in a spatiotopic reference frame. We investigated the underlying mechanisms of spatiotopic motion perception by examining the role of saccade metrics as well as the capacity of trans-saccadic motion. To this end, we used the line motion illusion (LMI), in which a straight line briefly shown after a high contrast stimulus (inducer) is perceived as expanding away from the inducer position. This illusion provides an interesting test of spatiotopic motion because the neural correlates of this phenomenon have been found early in the visual cortex and the effect does not require focused attention. We measured the strength of LMI both with stable fixation and when participants were asked to perform a 10° saccade during the blank ISI between the inducer and the line. A strong motion illusion was found across saccades in spatiotopic coordinates. When the inducer was presented near in time to the saccade cue, saccadic latencies were longer, saccade amplitudes were shorter, and the strength of reported LMI was consistently reduced. We also measured the capacity of the trans-saccadic LMI by varying the number of inducers. In contrast to a visual-spatial memory task, we found that the LMI was largely eliminated by saccades when two or more inducers were displayed. Together, these results suggest that motion perceived in non-retinotopic coordinates depends on an active, saccade-dependent remapping process with a strictly limited capacity.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Adult, attention, brain mapping, cognition, controlled study, female, human, human experiment, line motion illusion, male, movement perception, normal human, priority journal, saccadic eye movement, spatial memory, visual cortex, visual illusion, visual stimulation, attention, contrast sensitivity, eye movements, female, humans, illusions, logistic models, male, memory, motion perception, photic stimulation, visual fields, young adult.
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Fracasso, Dr Alessio
Authors: Melcher, D., and Fracasso, A.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology
Journal Name:Experimental Brain Research
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:0014-4819
ISSN (Online):1432-1106
Published Online:04 March 2012

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