Flexible egocentric and allocentric representations of heading signals in parietal cortex

Xiaodong Chen, Gregory C. DeAngelis, Dora Angelaki

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Abstract

By systematically manipulating head position relative to the body and eye position relative to the head, previous studies have shown that vestibular tuning curves of neurons in the ventral intraparietal (VIP) area remain invariant when expressed in body-/world-centered coordinates. However, body orientation relative to the world was not manipulated; thus, an egocentric, body-centered representation could not be distinguished from an allocentric, world-centered reference frame. We manipulated the orientation of the body relative to the world such that we could distinguish whether vestibular heading signals in VIP are organized in body- or world-centered reference frames. We found a hybrid representation, depending on gaze direction. When gaze remained fixed relative to the body, the vestibular heading tuning of VIP neurons shifted systematically with body orientation, indicating an egocentric, body-centered reference frame. In contrast, when gaze remained fixed relative to the world, this representation changed to be intermediate between body- and world-centered. We conclude that the neural representation of heading in posterior parietal cortex is flexible, depending on gaze and possibly attentional demands.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E3305-E3312
JournalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Volume115
Issue number14
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 3 2018

Fingerprint

Parietal Lobe
Head
Neurons
Body Image
Direction compound

Keywords

  • Body/world-centered
  • Egocentric/allocentric
  • Reference frame
  • Ventral intraparietal area
  • Vestibular

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General

Cite this

Flexible egocentric and allocentric representations of heading signals in parietal cortex. / Chen, Xiaodong; DeAngelis, Gregory C.; Angelaki, Dora.

In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Vol. 115, No. 14, 03.04.2018, p. E3305-E3312.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

@article{42b52a87588d49469cf12c5b7b085dba,
title = "Flexible egocentric and allocentric representations of heading signals in parietal cortex",
abstract = "By systematically manipulating head position relative to the body and eye position relative to the head, previous studies have shown that vestibular tuning curves of neurons in the ventral intraparietal (VIP) area remain invariant when expressed in body-/world-centered coordinates. However, body orientation relative to the world was not manipulated; thus, an egocentric, body-centered representation could not be distinguished from an allocentric, world-centered reference frame. We manipulated the orientation of the body relative to the world such that we could distinguish whether vestibular heading signals in VIP are organized in body- or world-centered reference frames. We found a hybrid representation, depending on gaze direction. When gaze remained fixed relative to the body, the vestibular heading tuning of VIP neurons shifted systematically with body orientation, indicating an egocentric, body-centered reference frame. In contrast, when gaze remained fixed relative to the world, this representation changed to be intermediate between body- and world-centered. We conclude that the neural representation of heading in posterior parietal cortex is flexible, depending on gaze and possibly attentional demands.",
keywords = "Body/world-centered, Egocentric/allocentric, Reference frame, Ventral intraparietal area, Vestibular",
author = "Xiaodong Chen and DeAngelis, {Gregory C.} and Dora Angelaki",
year = "2018",
month = "4",
day = "3",
doi = "10.1073/pnas.1715625115",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "115",
pages = "E3305--E3312",
journal = "Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America",
issn = "0027-8424",
number = "14",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Flexible egocentric and allocentric representations of heading signals in parietal cortex

AU - Chen, Xiaodong

AU - DeAngelis, Gregory C.

AU - Angelaki, Dora

PY - 2018/4/3

Y1 - 2018/4/3

N2 - By systematically manipulating head position relative to the body and eye position relative to the head, previous studies have shown that vestibular tuning curves of neurons in the ventral intraparietal (VIP) area remain invariant when expressed in body-/world-centered coordinates. However, body orientation relative to the world was not manipulated; thus, an egocentric, body-centered representation could not be distinguished from an allocentric, world-centered reference frame. We manipulated the orientation of the body relative to the world such that we could distinguish whether vestibular heading signals in VIP are organized in body- or world-centered reference frames. We found a hybrid representation, depending on gaze direction. When gaze remained fixed relative to the body, the vestibular heading tuning of VIP neurons shifted systematically with body orientation, indicating an egocentric, body-centered reference frame. In contrast, when gaze remained fixed relative to the world, this representation changed to be intermediate between body- and world-centered. We conclude that the neural representation of heading in posterior parietal cortex is flexible, depending on gaze and possibly attentional demands.

AB - By systematically manipulating head position relative to the body and eye position relative to the head, previous studies have shown that vestibular tuning curves of neurons in the ventral intraparietal (VIP) area remain invariant when expressed in body-/world-centered coordinates. However, body orientation relative to the world was not manipulated; thus, an egocentric, body-centered representation could not be distinguished from an allocentric, world-centered reference frame. We manipulated the orientation of the body relative to the world such that we could distinguish whether vestibular heading signals in VIP are organized in body- or world-centered reference frames. We found a hybrid representation, depending on gaze direction. When gaze remained fixed relative to the body, the vestibular heading tuning of VIP neurons shifted systematically with body orientation, indicating an egocentric, body-centered reference frame. In contrast, when gaze remained fixed relative to the world, this representation changed to be intermediate between body- and world-centered. We conclude that the neural representation of heading in posterior parietal cortex is flexible, depending on gaze and possibly attentional demands.

KW - Body/world-centered

KW - Egocentric/allocentric

KW - Reference frame

KW - Ventral intraparietal area

KW - Vestibular

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=85044857958&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=85044857958&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1073/pnas.1715625115

DO - 10.1073/pnas.1715625115

M3 - Article

VL - 115

SP - E3305-E3312

JO - Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

JF - Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

SN - 0027-8424

IS - 14

ER -