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Elliott, MA,Twomey, D,Glennon, M
2012
January
Plos One
The Dynamics of Visual Experience, an EEG Study of Subjective Pattern Formation
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INDEPENDENT COMPONENT ANALYSIS FLICKER-INDUCED COLOR STROBOSCOPIC PATTERNS NEURONAL RESPONSES CORTEX STIMULUS SYNCHRONIZATION HALLUCINATIONS STRIATE PHASE
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Background: Since the origin of psychological science a number of studies have reported visual pattern formation in the absence of either physiological stimulation or direct visual-spatial references. Subjective patterns range from simple phosphenes to complex patterns but are highly specific and reported reliably across studies.Methodology/Principal Findings: Using independent-component analysis (ICA) we report a reduction in amplitude variance consistent with subjective-pattern formation in ventral posterior areas of the electroencephalogram (EEG). The EEG exhibits significantly increased power at delta/theta and gamma-frequencies (point and circle patterns) or a series of high-frequency harmonics of a delta oscillation (spiral patterns).Conclusions/Significance: Subjective-pattern formation may be described in a way entirely consistent with identical pattern formation in fluids or granular flows. In this manner, we propose subjective-pattern structure to be represented within a spatio-temporal lattice of harmonic oscillations which bind topographically organized visual-neuronal assemblies by virtue of low frequency modulation.
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