Imaging imagery: an investigation of visual cognition using high-resolution fMRI

Thomas Christoph Emmerling

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Every day people use visual mental imagery for creativity and solving problems. The research focused on the fine-grained neural representation of visual stimuli during perception as well as imagery using ultra-high spatial resolution fMRI at 7 Tesla. The findings showed overlapping functional maps in the human middle temporal area (hMT) for binocular disparity as well as visual motion direction. In several brain areas across the visual system the direction of imagined visual motion could be decoded based on fMRI data. Finally, the findings showed the possibility to reconstruct and decode an imagined letter from brain activity in the visual system.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Maastricht University
  • Goebel, Rainer, Supervisor
  • Frost, Martin, Co-Supervisor
Award date22 Jun 2016
Place of PublicationZutphen
Print ISBNs9789463280495
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • visual mental imagery
  • fMRI


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