Federico De Martino1, 2, Michelle Moerel1, Rainer Goebel1, Kamil Ugurbil2, Elia Formisano1, Essa S. Yacoub2
1University of Maastricht, Maastricht, Netherlands; 2Center for Magnetic Resonance Research, Minneapolis, MN, United States
We image the columnar organization and layer dependent modulation of human primary auditory cortex using high resolution T2 weighted functional imaging based on 3D-GRASE. We show a columnar arrangement of preferred frequency. Further we highlight layer dependent modulations of functional activation dependent on task. Our results show that the difference of responses to different frequencies increases in superficial layers when subjects are engaged in an auditory discrimination task, suggesting that superficial layers of A1 are modulated by the increase in feedback information during this task.