Anatomy and Embryology

, Volume 210, Issue 5–6, pp 485–495 | Cite as

Human V5/MT+: comparison of functional and cytoarchitectonic data

  • Marcus WilmsEmail author
  • Simon B. Eickhoff
  • Karsten Specht
  • Katrin Amunts
  • Nadim J. Shah
  • Aleksandar Malikovic
  • Gereon R. Fink
Original Article


To date, the delineation of the human visual “motion area” still relies on functional paradigms originally devised to identify monkey area MT. Using fMRI, we have identified putative human area V5/MT+ in normals by modelling the BOLD responses to alternating radially moving and stationary dot patterns. Functional activations were compared with cytoarchitectonic probability maps of its putative correlate area hOc5, which was calculated based upon data from histological sections of ten human post-mortem brains. Bilateral visual cortex activations were seen in the single subject dynamic versus stationary contrasts and in the group random-effects analysis. Comparison of group data with area hOc5 revealed that 19.0%/39.5% of the right/left functional activation was assigned to the right/left hOc5. Conversely, 83.2%/53.5% of the right/left hOc5 was functionally activated. Comparison of functional probability maps (fPM) with area hOc5 showed that 28.6%/18.1% of the fPM was assigned to hOc5. In turn, 84.9%/41.5% of the area hOc5 was covered by the respective fPM. Thus, random-effects data and fPMs yielded similar results. The present study shows for the first time the correspondence between the functionally defined human V5/MT+ and the post-mortem cytoarchitectonic area hOc5.


Functional probability map fMRI Motion Post-mortem Visual cortex 



We are grateful to our colleagues from the MR and Cognitive Neurology group for their assistance. Gereon R. Fink is supported by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG KPO-112, TP1 and TP8).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marcus Wilms
    • 1
    Email author
  • Simon B. Eickhoff
    • 1
  • Karsten Specht
    • 1
  • Katrin Amunts
    • 1
    • 2
  • Nadim J. Shah
    • 1
    • 3
    • 4
  • Aleksandar Malikovic
    • 1
  • Gereon R. Fink
    • 1
    • 3
    • 5
  1. 1.Institute of MedicineResearch Centre JülichJülichGermany
  2. 2.Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy—Brain MappingUniversity Hospital Aachen, RWTH AachenAachenGermany
  3. 3.Brain Imaging Centre WestResearch Centre JülichJülichGermany
  4. 4.Institute of PhysicsUniversity of DortmundDortmundGermany
  5. 5.Department of Neurology—Cognitive NeurologyUniversity Hospital Aachen, RWTH AachenAachenGermany

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