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TitleDecoding Visual Location From Neural Patterns in the Auditory Cortex of the Congenitally Deaf
Author(s)Almeida, Jorge
He, Dongjun
Chen, Quanjing
Mahon, Bradford Z.
Zhang, Fan
Gonçalves, Óscar F.
Fang, Fang
Bi, Yanchao
Congenital deafness
Visual location
Sensory reorganization
Multivariate pattern analysis
Issue date1-Nov-2015
PublisherSAGE Publications
JournalPsychological Science
CitationAlmeida, J., He, D., Chen, Q., Mahon, B. Z., Zhang, F., Gonçalves, Ó. F., ... & Bi, Y. (2015). Decoding visual location from neural patterns in the auditory cortex of the congenitally deaf. Psychological science, 26(11), 1771-1782
Abstract(s)Sensory cortices of individuals who are congenitally deprived of a sense can exhibit considerable plasticity and be recruited to process information from the senses that remain intact. Here, we explored whether the auditory cortex of congenitally deaf individuals represents visual field location of a stimulusa dimension that is represented in early visual areas. We used functional MRI to measure neural activity in auditory and visual cortices of congenitally deaf and hearing humans while they observed stimuli typically used for mapping visual field preferences in visual cortex. We found that the location of a visual stimulus can be successfully decoded from the patterns of neural activity in auditory cortex of congenitally deaf but not hearing individuals. This is particularly true for locations within the horizontal plane and within peripheral vision. These data show that the representations stored within neuroplastically changed auditory cortex can align with dimensions that are typically represented in visual cortex.
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