Send to

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Hum Brain Mapp. 2001 Dec;14(4):210-7.

Brief visual stimulation allows mapping of ocular dominance in visual cortex using fMRI.

Author information

Laboratory for Functional Magnetic Resonance Research, The John P. Robarts Research Institute, London, Ontario, Canada.


We have used high spatial resolution (0.55 mm x 0.55 mm) functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to show that when stimulus duration is brief (<6 sec), the hyperoxic hemodynamic response to neural activity can resolve the columnar architecture of ocular dominance within the primary visual cortex of humans. Our fMRI maps of ocular dominance columns are strikingly similar in appearance, size, and orientation to those reported in the literature using optical imaging of intrinsic signals (OIS) in animal cortex and histology of post-mortem human specimens. We also demonstrate that under brief visual stimulation conditions, our results are consistent over repeated experiments. This is not the case for long duration stimuli (> or = 10 sec). A simulated random data set exhibited the same response properties as maps obtained when using these prolonged visual stimuli. Our results suggest that brief visual stimulation is essential for fMRI to successfully resolve ocular dominance columns using the hyperoxic phase of the hemodynamic response to neural activity at our prescribed spatial resolution.

[Indexed for MEDLINE]
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Loading ...
    Support Center