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Nat Neurosci. 2012 Jun 3;15(7):957-9. doi: 10.1038/nn.3131.

Electrocorticography links human temporoparietal junction to visual perception.

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  • 1Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Houston, Texas, USA. michael.s.beauchamp@uth.tmc.edu


Electrical stimulation of visual cortex can produce a visual percept (phosphene). We electrically stimulated visual cortex in humans implanted with subdural electrodes while recording from other brain sites. Phosphene perception occurred only if stimulation evoked high-frequency gamma oscillations in the temporoparietal junction (TPJ), a brain region associated with visual extinction and neglect. Electrical stimulation of TPJ modified the detectability of low-contrast visual stimuli.

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