Neural Correlates of State- and Strength-based Perception

Mariam Aly, Charan Ranganath, Andrew P. Yonelinas

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Perceptual judgments can be based on two kinds of information: state-based perception of specific, detailed visual information, or strength-based perception of global or relational information. State-based perception is discrete in the sense that it either occurs or fails, whereas strength-based perception is continuously graded from weak to strong. The functional characteristics of these types of perception have been examined in some detail, but whether state- and strength-based perception are supported by different brain regions has been largely unexplored. A consideration of empirical work and recent theoretical proposals suggests that parietal and occipito-temporal regions may be differentially associated with state- and strength-based signals, respectively. We tested this parietal/occipito-temporal state/ strength hypothesis using fMRI and a visual perception task that allows separation of state- and strength-based perception. Participants made same/different judgments on pairs of faces and scenes using a 6-point confidence scale where "6" responses indicated a state of perceiving specific details that had changed, and "1" to "5" responses indicated judgments based on varying strength of relational match/mismatch. Regions in the lateral and medial posterior parietal cortex (supramarginal gyrus, posterior cingulate cortex, and precuneus) were sensitive to state-based perception and were not modulated by varying levels of strengthbased perception. In contrast, bilateral fusiform gyrus activation was increased for strength-based "different" responses compared with misses and did not show state-based effects. Finally, the lateral occipital complex showed increased activation for statebased responses and additionally showed graded activation across levels of strength-based perception. These results offer support for a state/strength distinction between parietal and temporal regions, with the lateral occipital complex at the intersection of state- and strength-based processing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)792-809
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Cognitive Neuroscience
Volume26
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2014

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Neural Correlates of State- and Strength-based Perception. / Aly, Mariam; Ranganath, Charan; Yonelinas, Andrew P.

In: Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, Vol. 26, No. 4, 04.2014, p. 792-809.

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Aly, Mariam ; Ranganath, Charan ; Yonelinas, Andrew P. / Neural Correlates of State- and Strength-based Perception. In: Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. 2014 ; Vol. 26, No. 4. pp. 792-809.
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