Top-down working memory reorganization of the primary visual cortex: Granger Causality analysis



Background. Our previous studies have implicated the primary visual cortex (V1) as the putative visuo-spatial 'sketchpad' for working-memory, but in a supramodal form. To establish this memory-related role for V1, we need to determine the source of its top-down modulation from higher-order memory mechanisms, including medial-temporal lobe (MTL) structures such as the hippocampus and perirhinal cortex (PRC) (Likova, 2012, 2013), which has direct anatomical connection to V1 (Clavagnier et al., 2004). Indeed, V1 and the hippocampus exhibited correlated changes under a memory-based training