Scaling of neural responses to visual and auditory motion in the human cerebellum

Baumann, Oliver and Mattingley, Jason B. (2010) Scaling of neural responses to visual and auditory motion in the human cerebellum. Journal of Neuroscience, 30 12: 4489-4495. doi:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.5661-09.2010

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Author Baumann, Oliver
Mattingley, Jason B.
Title Scaling of neural responses to visual and auditory motion in the human cerebellum
Journal name Journal of Neuroscience   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0270-6474
Publication date 2010-03-24
Year available 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.5661-09.2010
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 30
Issue 12
Start page 4489
End page 4495
Total pages 7
Place of publication New York
Publisher Society of Neuroscience
Language eng
Abstract The human cerebellum contains approximately half of all the neurons within the cerebrum, yet most experimental work in human neuroscience over the last century has focused exclusively on the structure and functions of the forebrain. The cerebellum has an undisputed role in a range of motor functions (Thach et al., 1992), but its potential contributions to sensory and cognitive processes are widely debated (Stoodley and Schmahmann, 2009). Here we used functional magnetic resonance imaging to test the hypothesis that the human cerebellum is involved in the acquisition of auditory and visual sensory data. We monitored neural activity within the cerebellum while participants engaged in a task that required them to discriminate the direction of a visual or auditory motion signal in noise. We identified a distinct set of cerebellar regions that were differentially activated for visual stimuli (vermal lobule VI and right-hemispheric lobule X) and auditory stimuli (right-hemispheric lobules VIIIA and VIIIB and hemispheric lobule VI bilaterally). In addition, we identified a region in left crus I in which activity correlated significantly with increases in the perceptual demands of the task (i.e., with decreasing signal strength), for both auditory and visual stimuli. Our results support suggestions of a role for the cerebellum in the processing of auditory and visual motion and suggest that parts of cerebellar cortex are concerned with tracking movements of objects around the animal, rather than with controlling movements of the animal itself (Paulin, 1993).
Keyword Monkey cerebellum
Posterior vermis
Q-Index Code C1
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