Activation of Ventrolateral Somatosensory Cortex for Tactile Pattern Discrimination Using MEG

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Psychology (CMC)

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We investigated a general property of functional organization in the cortex information about objects initially follows modality-specific routes specialized for objects and then terminates in modality-general object identification areas. A "what" pathway has been proposed to process visual object information. This visual ventral route carries information from visual to temporal cortex. Although anatomical and behavioral studies have indicated that an analogous "what" pathway exists in the cortical somatosensory system, this hypothesis has not been tested in healthy individuals.

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