Fractionation of parietal function in bistable perception probed with concurrent TMS-EEG

Schauer, Georg, Chang, Acer, Schwartzman, David, Rae, Charlotte L, Iriye, Heather, Seth, Anil K and Kanai, Ryota (2016) Fractionation of parietal function in bistable perception probed with concurrent TMS-EEG. Scientific Data, 3. ISSN 2052-4463

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When visual input has conflicting interpretations, conscious perception can alternate spontaneously between these possible interpretations. This is called bistable perception. Previous neuroimaging studies have indicated the involvement of two right parietal areas in resolving perceptual ambiguity (ant-SPLr and post-SPLr). Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) studies that selectively interfered with the normal function of these regions suggest that they play opposing roles in this type of perceptual switch. In the present study, we investigated this fractionation of parietal function by use of combined TMS with electroencephalography (EEG). Specifically, while participants viewed either a bistable stimulus, a replay stimulus, or resting-state fixation, we applied single pulse TMS to either location independently while simultaneously recording EEG. Combined with participant’s individual structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, this dataset allows for complex analyses of the effect of TMS on neural time series data, which may further elucidate the causal role of the parietal cortex in ambiguous perception.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Neuroscience
School of Engineering and Informatics > Informatics
Research Centres and Groups: Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science
Subjects: Q Science > QZ Psychology
Depositing User: Charlotte Rae
Date Deposited: 25 Aug 2016 14:53
Last Modified: 08 Jan 2018 11:14

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