Conscious Awareness of Objects in Indeterminate Art

Document Type: 
ASSC Conference Item
Article Type: 
Experimental
Disciplines: 
Neuroscience
Topics: 
Memory
Keywords: 
Perception Memory Indeterminate Art
Deposited by: 
Mr Robert Pepperell
Date of Issue: 
2007
Authors: 
Scott L. Fairhall, Robert Pepperell, Alumit Ishai
Event Dates: 
23-26 June 2007
Event Location: 
Las Vegas
Event Title: 
11th annual meeting of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness
Event Type: 
ASSC Conference
Presentation Type: 
Poster
Refereed: 
Yes
Number of Pages: 
1
Abstract: 
Indeterminate art invokes a perceptual dilemma in which apparently detailed and vivid images resist identification. We used event-related fMRI to study visual perception of representational, indeterminate and abstract paintings, and hypothesized increased activation along a gradient of posterior-to-anterior ventral visual areas with increased object resolution. We further predicted that indeterminate, ambiguous paintings would invoke visual imagery-related activation in parietal and prefrontal cortices.
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