Neural substrates for visual perceptual grouping in humans

Shihui Han, Yan Song, Yulong Ding, E. William Yund, David L Woods

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Abstract

Two experiments investigated the neural mechanisms of Gestalt grouping by recording high-density event-related brain potentials (ERPs) during discrimination tasks. In Experiment 1, stimulus arrays contained luminance-defined local elements that were either evenly spaced or grouped into columns or rows based on either proximity or similarity of shape. Proximity grouping was indexed by a short-latency positivity (110-120 ms) over the medial occipital cortex and a subsequent right occipitoparietal negativity. Grouping by similarity was reflected only in a long-latency occipitotemporal negativity. In Experiment 2, proximity grouping was examined when local elements were defined by motion cues, and was again associated with a medial occipital positivity. However, the subsequent long-latency negativity was now enhanced over the left posterior areas. The implications of these results to the neural substrates subserving different grouping processes are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)926-935
Number of pages10
JournalPsychophysiology
Volume38
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2001

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Keywords

  • Cortex
  • Event-related potentials
  • Gestalt
  • Grouping
  • Proximity
  • Similarity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Physiology (medical)
  • Psychology(all)
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology

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Han, S., Song, Y., Ding, Y., William Yund, E., & Woods, D. L. (2001). Neural substrates for visual perceptual grouping in humans. Psychophysiology, 38(6), 926-935.

Neural substrates for visual perceptual grouping in humans. / Han, Shihui; Song, Yan; Ding, Yulong; William Yund, E.; Woods, David L.

In: Psychophysiology, Vol. 38, No. 6, 2001, p. 926-935.

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Han, S, Song, Y, Ding, Y, William Yund, E & Woods, DL 2001, 'Neural substrates for visual perceptual grouping in humans', Psychophysiology, vol. 38, no. 6, pp. 926-935.
Han S, Song Y, Ding Y, William Yund E, Woods DL. Neural substrates for visual perceptual grouping in humans. Psychophysiology. 2001;38(6):926-935.
Han, Shihui ; Song, Yan ; Ding, Yulong ; William Yund, E. ; Woods, David L. / Neural substrates for visual perceptual grouping in humans. In: Psychophysiology. 2001 ; Vol. 38, No. 6. pp. 926-935.
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