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1 Human Neuropsychology,
Bryan Kolb & Ian Q. Whishaw’s Fundamentals of Human Neuropsychology, Sixth Edition Chapter 13 Lecture PPT Prepared by Gina Mollet, Adams State College

2 The Occipital Lobes

3 Portrait: An Injured Soldier’s Visual World
P.M. Struck by a bullet in the back of his brain Lost sight in the right visual field Could accurately guess about the presence or absence of light Difficulty reading and recognizing faces

4 Anatomy of the Occipital Lobes
No clear division on lateral surface of brain Medial Surface Parieto-occipital surface Calcarine Sulcus Contains much of primary visual cortex Separates upper and lower visual fields Ventral Surface Lingual gyrus V2 and VP Fusiform gyrus V4


6 Subdivisions of the Occipital Cortex
Map based on monkey occipital cortex

7 Subdivisions of the Occipital Cortex
Roger Tootell Map of human cortex


9 Subdivisions of the Occipital Cortex
Area V1 Laminar organization most distinct of all cortical areas Heterogenous Has more than one distinct function Preserved in V2 Striate cortex Another name for visual cortex due to its striped appearance



12 Subdivisions of the Occipital Cortex
Color Vision Primary job of V4, but distributed throughout occipital cortex Plays a role in detection of movement, depth, and position

13 Connections of the Visual Cortex
Primary Visual Cortex (V1) Input from LGN Output to all other levels Secondary Visual Cortex (V2) After V2 Output to the parietal lobe - Dorsal Stream Output to the inferior temporal lobe - Ventral Stream Output to the superior temporal sulcus (STS) - STS Stream


15 Visual Pathways Dorsal Stream Ventral Stream STS
Visual Guidance of Movements Ventral Stream Object Perception STS Visuospatial functions

16 A Theory of Occipital Lobe Function
Vision begins in V1 (primary visual cortex), that is heterogeneous, and then travels to more specialized cortical zones Selective lesions up the hierarchy produce specific visual deficits Lesions to V1 are not aware of seeing

17 Visual Functions Beyond the Occipital Lobe
Vision-related areas in the brain make up about 55% of the total cortex Multiple visual regions in the temporal, parietal, and frontal lobes Vision Not unitary, composed of many quite specific forms of processing Five categories for vision


19 Five Categories of Vision
Vision for Action Parietal Visual Areas in the Dorsal Stream Reaching Ducking Catching Action for Vision Visual Scanning Eye Movements and Selective Attention



22 Categories of Vision Visual Recognition Visual Space Temporal Lobes
Object Recognition Visual Space Parietal and Temporal Lobes Spatial location Location of an object relative to person (egocentric space) Location of an object relative to another (allocentric space)


24 Categories of Vision Visual Attention
Selective attention for specific visual input Parietal lobes guide movements and temporal lobes help in object recognition

25 Visual Pathways Beyond the Occipital Lobe
Milner and Goodale The dorsal stream is a set of systems for on-line visual control of action Evidence: Visual neurons in the parietal cortex are active only when the brain acts on visual information 3 pathways run from V1 to the parietal cortex, must be functionally dissociable Visual impairments after parietal lesions can be characterized as visuomotor or orientational


27 Visual Pathways Beyond the Occipital Lobe
STS stream Characterized by polysensory neurons Neurons are responsive to both auditory and visual input or both visual and somatosensory input Originates from structures in the parietal and temporal cortex

28 Imaging Studies of Dorsal and Ventral Streams
Haxby and colleagues PET study Found activation for facial stimuli in the temporal region and activation during a location task in the posterior parietal region and frontal lobes Detection of motion activated V5, while detection of shape activated the STS Color perception activated area V4


30 Disorders of Visual Pathways
Monocular Blindness Loss of sight in one eye Results from destruction of the retina or optic nerve Bitemporal Hemianopia Loss of vision from both temporal fields Results from a lesion to the optic chiasm Nasal Hemianopia Loss of vision of one nasal field Results from a lesion of the lateral chiasm

31 Disorders of Visual Pathways
Homonymous Hemianopia Blindness of one entire visual field Results from a complete cut of the optic tract, LGN or V1 Macular sparing Sparing of the central or macular region of the visual field Results from a lesion to the occipital lobe

32 Disorders of Visual Pathways
Quadrantoanopia or Hemianopia Complete loss of vision in one-quarter of the fovea or in one-half of the fovea Results from a lesion to the occipital lobe Field Defects Scotomas - small blind spots Results from small lesions to the occipital lobe



35 Disorders of Cortical Function
B.K.: V1 Damage and a Scotoma Right infarct (dead tissue) in the occipital lobe Experienced blindsight - could perceive location without perceiving content Lost one-quarter of the fovea, poor vision in the upper left quadrant Slow facial recognition


37 Disorders of Cortical Function
Case D.B.: V1 Damage and Blindsight Had an angioma in the right calcarine fissure Has a hemianopia Cortical Blindness - blindsight in which he reports no conscious awareness of seeing but can report movement and location of objects


39 Disorders of Cortical Function
Case J.I.: V4 Damage and Loss of Color Vision Sustained a concussion and suddenly lost color vision Specific damage in the occipital cortex Improved acuity at twilight or at night Years later, no longer remembered color

40 Disorders of Cortical Function
Case P.B.: Conscious Color Perception in a Blind Patient Suffered an ischemia that destroyed large area of the posterior cortex Can only detect presence or absence of light and has intact color vision

41 Disorders of Cortical Function
Case L.M.: V5 (MT) Damage and the Perception of Movement Vascular abnormality that produced bilateral posterior damage Loss of movement vision Unable to intercept moving objects by using her hand

42 Disorders of Cortical Function
Case D.F.: Occipital Damage and Visual Agnosia Bilateral damage to the LO region and tissue between the parietal and occipital lobes Visual form agnosia - inability to recognize line drawings of objects Can use visual information to guide movements, but not to recognize objects



45 Disorders of Cortical Function
Case V.K.: Parietal Damage and Visuomotor Guidance Bilateral hemorrhages in the occipitoparietal regions Optic Ataxia - Deficit in visually guided hand movements


47 Disorders of Cortical Function
Cases D. and T.: Higher-Level Visual Processes D Right occipitotemporal lesion Prosopagnosia - Facial recognition deficit Could read lips T Left occipitotemporal lesion Alexia - Inability to read Impaired lip reading

48 Conclusions from Case Studies
Distinct syndromes of visual disturbance Some provide evidence for a fundamental dissociation between the dorsal and ventral streams Visual experience is not unified Asymmetry in functions of occipital lobes

49 Visual Agnosia Object Agnosia Apperceptive Agnosia Associative Agnosia
Deficit in the ability to develop a percept of the structure of an object or objects Simultagnosia Unable to perceive more than one object at a time Results from bilateral damage to the lateral parts of the occipital lobes Associative Agnosia Can perceive objects, but cannot identify them Results from lesions to the anterior temporal lobes

50 Visual Agnosia Other Agnosias Prosopagnosia Alexia
Cannot recognize faces Can recognize facial features, facial expressions, and tell human from nonhuman faces Alexia Inability to read Form of object agnosia - inability to construct perceptual wholes from parts or Form of associative agnosia - word memory is damaged or inaccessible Results from damage to the left fusiform and lingual areas

51 Visual Imagery Neural structures mediating perception and visualization are not completely independent Right hemisphere superiority in mental rotation Evidence that the left temporal-occipital region is responsible for image generation

52 Snapshot: Generating Mental Images
Mark D’Esposito and colleagues What is the neural basis for visual imagery? fMRI study Found that visualization of concrete words increases activation in the left posterior temporal-occipital region Findings consistent with other imaging studies and case studies


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