Population Receptive Field Characteristics in the between- And Within-Digit Dimensions of the Undominant Hand in the Primary Somatosensory Cortex

Luyao Wang, Zhilin Zhang, Tomohisa Okada, Chunlin Li, Duanduan Chen, Shintaro Funahashi, Jinglong Wu, Tianyi Yan

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Abstract

Somatotopy is an important guiding principle for sensory fiber organization in the primary somatosensory cortex (S1), which reflects tactile information processing and is associated with disease-related reorganization. However, it is difficult to measure the neuronal encoding scheme in S1 in vivo in normal participants. Here, we investigated the somatotopic map of the undominant hand using a Bayesian population receptive field (pRF) model. The model was established in hand space with between- and within-digit dimensions. In the between-digit dimension, orderly representation was found, which had low variability across participants. The pRF shape tended to be elliptical for digits with high spatial acuity, for which the long axis was along the within-digit dimension. In addition, the pRF width showed different change trends in the 2 dimensions across digits. These results provide new insights into the neural mechanisms in S1, allowing for in-depth investigation of somatosensory information processing and disease-related reorganization.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4427-4438
Number of pages12
JournalCerebral Cortex
Volume31
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2021
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • high-resolution fMRI
  • population receptive field
  • primary somatosensory cortex
  • somatotopic map
  • tactile

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

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