The development and aging of the magnocellular and parvocellular visual pathways as indicated by vep recordings between 5 and 84 years of age

György Benedek, Gyöngyi Horváth, Szabolcs Kéri, Gábor Braunitzer, Márta Janáky

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Abstract

It is well known that pattern reversal visual evoked potentials (VEPs) are age-sensitive. Through the use of this technique, it is possible to assess both of the major visual pathways (i.e., the magnocellular and parvocellular ones) in terms of function and development. What developmental path these pathways follow, and if they develop/age in parallel across the human lifespan is a matter of ongoing debate, yet, only a few VEP studies have dealt with this issue. This cross-sectional study examined a sample of 115 healthy volunteers aged 5 to 84 years. Beyond the standard checkerboard pattern reversal stimulation at 97% contrast, we recorded pattern-reversal VEPs at 6% contrast to selectively stimulate the M pathway and isoluminant red and green checkerboard stimulation was also used to selectively stimulate the P pathway. Our results do not support the developmental advantage of any of the pathways. The development of both pathways appear to take a remarkably long time (well into the 30s), and the signs of aging become marked over 50 years of age, especially in the case of the magnocellular pathway.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7
JournalVision (Switzerland)
Volume1
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2017

Keywords

  • Aging
  • Development
  • Magnocellular
  • Parvocellular
  • Pattern-reversal VEP

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sensory Systems
  • Ophthalmology
  • Cell Biology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Optometry

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