Cooperative Processing In Primary Somatosensory Cortex And Posterior Parietal Cortex During Tactile Working Memory




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Title:

Cooperative Processing In Primary Somatosensory Cortex And Posterior Parietal Cortex During Tactile Working Memory.
 

Authors:

Ku Y; Zhao D; Bodner M; Zhou YD.
 

Source:

European Journal of Neuroscience. 42(3):1905-11, 2015 Aug.
 

Abstract:

In the present study, causal roles of both the primary somatosensory cortex (SI) and the posterior parietal cortex (PPC) were investigated in atactile unimodal working memory (WM) task. Individual magnetic resonance imaging-based single-pulse transcranial magnetic stimulation (spTMS) was applied, respectively, to the left SI (ipsilateral to tactile stimuli), right SI (contralateral to tactile stimuli) and right PPC (contralateral to tactile stimuli), while human participants were performing a tactile-tactile unimodal delayed matching-to-sample task. The time points of spTMS were 300, 600 and 900 ms after the onset of the tactile sample stimulus (duration: 200 ms). Compared with ipsilateral SI, application of spTMS over either contralateral SI or contralateral PPC at those time points significantly impaired the accuracy of task performance. Meanwhile, the deterioration in accuracy did not vary with the stimulating ti me points. Together, these results indicate that the tactile information is processed cooperatively by SI and PPC in the same hemisphere, starting from the early delay of the tactile unimodal WM task. This pattern of processing of tactile information is different from the pattern in tactile-visual cross-modal WM. In a tactile-visual cross-modal WM task, SI and PPC contribute to the processing sequentially, suggesting a process of sensory information transfer during the early delay between modalities.
 
Copyright © 2015 Federation of European Neuroscience Societies and
John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

 

Publication Type:

Journal Article. Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't.
 

Institution:

Ku,Yixuan. The Key Lab of Brain Functional Genomics, MOE & STCSM, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, 3663, North Zhongshan Road, School of Psychology and Cognitive Science, East China Normal University, Shanghai 200062, China.
 
Ku,Yixuan. Departments of Neurology, Physiology and Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco, CA, USA.
 
Ku,Yixuan. NYU-ECNU Institute of Brain and Cognitive Science, NYU Shanghai and Collaborative Innovation Center for Brain Science, Shanghai, China.
 
Zhao,Di. The Key Lab of Brain Functional Genomics, MOE & STCSM, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, 3663, North Zhongshan Road, School of Psychology and Cognitive Science, East China Normal University, Shanghai 200062, China.
 
Bodner,Mark. MIND Research Institute, Irvine, CA, USA. Zhou,Yong-Di. NYU-ECNU Institute of Brain and Cognitive Science, NYU Shanghai and Collaborative Innovation Center for Brain Science, Shanghai, China.
 
Zhou,Yong-Di. Krieger Mind/Brain Institute, Johns Hopkins Un iversity, 3400N. Charles Street, 338 Krieger Hall, Baltimore, MA 21218, USA.
 

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Topics: Memory


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