We studied the motion perception abilities in a young adult, SF, who had her right occipito-temporal cortices resected to treat epilepsy. Following resection, SF showed transient deficits of both first- and second-order motion perception that recovered to normal within weeks. Previous human studies have shown either first- or second n order motion deficits that have lasted months or years after cerebral damage. SF also showed a transient defect in processing of shape-from-motion with normal perception of shape from non-motion cues. Furthermore, she showed greatly increased reaction times for a mental rotation task, but not for a lexical decision task. The nature and quick recovery of the deficits in SF resembles the transient motion perception deficit observed in monkey following ibotenic acid lesions, and provides additional evidence that humans possess specialized cortical areas subserving similar motion perception functions.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Sensory Systems