Investigations on bottom-up and top-down processing in early visual cortex with high-resolution fMRI

Ingo Marquardt

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We employed cutting-edge high-resolution functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) at sub-millimetre resolution to study visual perception in the human brain. First, we studied bottom-up (i.e. sensory driven) processing in visual cortex. In particular, we investigated how variations in simple physical properties of a visual stimulus affect neuronal activity in visual brain areas. This research was followed by a complementary study on top-down effects. The term ‘top-down’ is used to describe aspects of perception and cognition that are not directly driven by physical properties of the sensory input, but by prior knowledge, expectations, attention, or other high-level mechanisms. In summary, we provide novel insights on the detailed spatial profile of bottom-up and top-down processing in human visual cortex, and have employed a new modelling technique to account for known biases in the high-resolution fMRI signal
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Maastricht University
  • Goebel, Rainer, Supervisor
  • Uludağ, Kâmil, Co-Supervisor
Award date29 Aug 2019
Place of PublicationMaastricht
Print ISBNs9789463804721
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • High-resolution fMRI
  • Visual cortex
  • Cortical layers
  • Visual perception
  • Bottom-up
  • Top-down

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