The specificity of cortical region KO to depth structure

Neuroimage. 2006 Mar;30(1):228-38. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2005.09.067. Epub 2005 Dec 13.


Functional MRI studies have identified a cortical region designated as KO between retinotopic areas V3A/B and motion area V5 in human cortex as particularly responsive to motion-defined or kinetic borders. To determine the response of the KO region to more general aspects of structure, we used stereoscopic depth borders and disparate planes with no borders, together with three stimulus types that evoked no depth percept: luminance borders, line contours and illusory phase borders. Responses to these stimuli in the KO region were compared with the responses in retinotopically defined areas that have been variously associated with disparity processing in neurophysiological and fMRI studies. The strongest responses in the KO region were to stimuli evoking perceived depth structure from either disparity or motion cues, but it showed negligible responses either to luminance-based contour stimuli or to edgeless disparity stimuli. We conclude that the region designated as KO is best regarded as a primary center for the generic representation of depth structure rather than any kind of contour specificity.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Brain Mapping
  • Cerebral Cortex / anatomy & histology*
  • Contrast Sensitivity / physiology
  • Depth Perception / physiology*
  • Dominance, Cerebral / physiology
  • Evoked Potentials, Visual / physiology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Image Processing, Computer-Assisted*
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Motion Perception / physiology*
  • Occipital Lobe / physiology
  • Optical Illusions / physiology
  • Pattern Recognition, Visual / physiology*
  • Vision Disparity / physiology
  • Visual Pathways / physiology