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Brain Res Cogn Brain Res. 2005 Dec;25(3):650-8. Epub 2005 Nov 17.

Specific activation of the V5 brain area by auditory motion processing: an fMRI study.

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Neural Rehabilitation Engineering Laboratory, Université catholique de Louvain, Brussels, Belgium.


Previous neuroimaging studies devoted to auditory motion processing have shown the involvement of a cerebral network encompassing the temporoparietal and premotor areas. Most of these studies were based on a comparison between moving stimuli and static stimuli placed at a single location. However, moving stimuli vary in spatial location, and therefore motion detection can include both spatial localisation and motion processing. In this study, we used fMRI to compare neural processing of moving sounds and static sounds in various spatial locations in blindfolded sighted subjects. The task consisted of simultaneously determining both the nature of a sound stimulus (pure tone or complex sound) and the presence or absence of its movement. When movement was present, subjects had to identify its direction. This comparison of how moving and static stimuli are processed showed the involvement of the parietal lobules, the dorsal and ventral premotor cortex and the planum temporale during auditory motion processing. It also showed the specific recruitment of V5, the visual motion area. These results suggest that the previously proposed network of auditory motion processing is distinct from the network of auditory localisation. In addition, they suggest that the occipital cortex can process non-visual stimuli and that V5 is not restricted to visual processing.

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