Relation of white matter anisotropy to visual memory in 17 healthy subjects

  • Begré S
  • Frommer A
  • von Känel R
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Abstract

We performed a Rey visual design learning test (RVDLT) in 17 subjects and measured intervoxel coherence (IC) by DTI as an indication of connectivity to investigate if visual memory performance would depend on white matter structure in healthy persons. IC considers the orientation of the adjacent voxels and has a better signal-to-noise ratio than the commonly used fractional anisotropy index. Voxel-based t-test analysis of the IC values was used to identify neighboring voxel clusters with significant differences between 7 low and 10 high test performers. We detected 9 circumscribed significant clusters (p < .01) with lower IC values in low performers than in high performers, with centers of gravity located in left and right superior temporal region, corpus callosum, left superior longitudinal fascicle, and left optic radiation. Using non-parametric correlation analysis, IC and memory performance were significantly correlated in each of the 9 clusters (r < .61 to r < .81; df = 15, p < .01 to p < .0001). The findings provide in vivo evidence for the contribution of white matter structure to visual memory in healthy people. © 2007 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Diffusion tensor imaging
  • Fractional anisotropy
  • Healthy
  • Intervoxel coherence
  • Visual memory
  • White matter

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Authors

  • Stefan Begré

  • Angela Frommer

  • Roland von Känel

  • Claus Kiefer

  • Andrea Federspiel

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