A network for scene processing in the macaque temporal lobe

Neuron. 2013 Aug 21;79(4):766-81. doi: 10.1016/j.neuron.2013.06.015. Epub 2013 Jul 25.


Spatial navigation is a complex process, but one that is essential for any mobile organism. We localized a region in the macaque occipitotemporal sulcus that responds preferentially to images of scenes. Single-unit recording revealed that this region, which we term the lateral place patch (LPP), contained a large concentration of scene-selective single units. These units were not modulated by spatial layout alone but were instead modulated by a combination of spatial and nonspatial factors, with individual units coding specific scene parts. We further demonstrate by microstimulation that LPP is connected with extrastriate visual areas V4V and DP and a scene-selective medial place patch in the parahippocampal gyrus, revealing a ventral network for visual scene processing in the macaque.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Action Potentials / physiology
  • Animals
  • Brain Mapping*
  • Humans
  • Image Processing, Computer-Assisted
  • Macaca mulatta
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Neurons / physiology
  • Oxygen / blood
  • Pattern Recognition, Visual / physiology*
  • Photic Stimulation
  • Temporal Lobe / blood supply
  • Temporal Lobe / cytology
  • Temporal Lobe / physiology*
  • Visual Pathways / blood supply
  • Visual Pathways / physiology*


  • Oxygen