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Ventral and Dorsal Pathways Relate Differently to Visual Awareness of Body Postures under Continuous Flash Suppression

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Visual perception includes ventral and dorsal stream processes. However, it is still unclear whether the former is predominantly related to conscious and the latter to nonconscious visual perception as argued in the literature. In this study upright and inverted body postures were rendered either visible or invisible under continuous flash suppression (CFS), while brain activity of human participants was measured with functional MRI (fMRI). Activity in the ventral body-sensitive areas was higher during visible conditions. In comparison, activity in the posterior part of the bilateral intraparietal sulcus (IPS) showed a significant interaction of stimulus orientation and visibility. Our results provide evidence that dorsal stream areas are less associated with visual awareness.

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  • Journal Article, action perception, ATTENTION, consciousness, INTEROCULAR SUPPRESSION, CONSCIOUSNESS, STREAM, SENSITIVITY, CORTICAL RESPONSES, continuous flash suppression, BINOCULAR-RIVALRY, PARIETAL CORTEX, visual awareness, bodily expression, SPATIAL NEGLECT, FMRI
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Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0285
Number of pages18
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2018