Topography of the visual evoked magnetic response and hemispherical specialization

C. Degg, Richard A. Armstrong

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The visual evoked magnetic response CIIm component to a pattern onset stimulus presented half field produced a consistent scalp topography in 15 normal subjects. The major response was seen over the contralateral hemisphere, suggesting a dipole with current flowing away from the medial surface of the brain. Full field responses were more unpredictable. The reponses of five subjects were studied to the onset of a full, left half and right half checkerboard stimuli of 38 x 27 min arc checks appearing for 200 ms. In two subjects the full field CIIm topography was consistent with that of the mathematical summation of their relevant half field distribution. The remaining subjects had unpredictable full field topographies, showing little or no relationship to their half or summated half fields. In each of these subjects, a distribution matching that of the summated half field CIIm distribution appears at an earlier latency than that of the predominant full field waveform peak. By examining the topography of the full and half field responses at 5 ms intervals along the waveform for one such subject, the CIIm topography of the right hemisphere develops 10 ms before that of the left hemisphere, and is replaced by the following CIIIm component 20 ms earlier. Hence, the large peak seen in full field results from a combination of the CIIm component of the left hemisphere plus that of the CIIIm from the right. The earlier peak results from the CIIm generated in both hemispheres, at a latency where both show similar amplitudes. As the relative amplitudes of these two peaks alter with check and field size, topographic studies would be required for accurate CIIm identification. In addition. the CIIm-CIIIm complex lasts for 80 ms in the right hemisphere and 135 ms in the left, suggesting hemispherical apecialization in the visual processing of the pattern onset response.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusIn preparation - 1992
EventMeeting of the Society for Experimental Optometry - Birmingham (UK), United Kingdom
Duration: 1 Jul 1992 → …


ConferenceMeeting of the Society for Experimental Optometry
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityBirmingham (UK)
Period1/07/92 → …

Bibliographical note

Abstract appearing in Papers presented at the meeting of The Society for Experimental Optometry, in Birmingham; UK, on 27–28 July 1992, Ophthal Physiol Opt 13:107


  • visual evoked magnetic response CIIm component
  • pattern onset stimulus
  • scalp topography
  • contralateral hemisphere


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