Visual spatial localization conflict: An fMRI study

Edward L. Maclin, Gabriele Gratton, Monica Fabiani

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fMRI and ERP studies have shown that tasks comprising conflicting stimulus-response associations activate a variety of cortical regions. It remains unclear whether any of these areas are activated by all conflict tasks, or whether conflict resolution is a common property of a number of distinct anatomical regions. Several regions in frontal and parietal cortex are activated by both exogenous (position) and endogenous (arrow direction) localization cues. The present event-related fMRI study used a version of the Simon task with independent positional and directional cues. The results indicated that spatial localization conflict activated pre-motor and superior parietal regions in the right hemisphere known to be involved in spatial localization, but anterior cingulate activation did not reach threshold. This suggests that conflict within a single functional modality may be processed in the region embodying that modality, and anterior cingulate may be called on only to resolve conflict between modalities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3633-3636
Number of pages4
Issue number16
StatePublished - Nov 16 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Anterior cingulate cortex
  • Premotor cortex
  • Response conflict
  • Simon effect
  • Visual spatial localization
  • fMRI

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Neuroscience


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