Deficits in visual search for conjunctions of motion and form after parietal damage but with spared hMT+/V5

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It has been argued that area hMT+/V5 in humans acts as a motion filter, enabling targets defined by a conjunction of motion and form to be efficiently selected. We present data indicating that (a) damage to parietal cortex leads to a selective problem in processing motion-form conjunctions, and (b) that the presence of a structurally and functional intact hMT+/V5 is not sufficient for efficient search for motion-form conjunctions. We suggest that, in addition to motion-processing areas (e.g., hMT+/V5), the posterior parietal cortex is necessary for efficient search with motion-form conjunctions, so that damage to either brain region may bring about deficits in search. We discuss the results in terms of the involvement of the posterior parietal cortex in the top-down guidance of search or in the binding of motion and form information.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)72-99
Number of pages28
JournalCognitive Neuropsychology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010


  • Feature binding, Motion, Visual search, Parietal cortex, Attention