"Includes current knowledge of how the visual system is formed during development"Covers anatomical organization and connectivity of visual cortical areas in primates and the physiological properties of neurons in visual areas"Focuses on functional organization and specialization of visual areas and compares data from several primate species"Describes state-of-the-art methods currently used to investigate the visual system"Discusses the neural basis of visuomotor processing in the primate brain
The last 20 years of research have been marked by exceptional progress in understanding the organization and functions of the primate visual system. This understanding has been based on the wide application of traditional and newly emerging methods for identifying the functionally significant subdivisions of the system, their interconnections, the response properties of their neurons, and the population responses to stimulus events.
While primates vary greatly in morphology and behavioral adaptations, all primates share certain features of the visual system. Although there are several books on vision in the market, until now no book has provided a comprehensive overview of the primate visual system. This book synthesizes the current knowledge on the anatomical and functional organization of the primate visual system and proposes new directions for research. Contributed by a multidisciplinary group of leading researchers, chapters consider a range of topics concerning various primates, including humans, and cover processing from the eye to neural codes for action, and from basic perception to memory.
Table of Contents
Introduction: A Brief Overview of the Primate Visual System. The K, P, and M Pathways from Retina to Cortex. The Pulvinar Complex. The Development of Neuron Response Properties in Primary Visual Cortex. The Second Visual Area, V2. The Superior Colliculus. Early Visual Areas: V2, V3, DM, DL, and MT. Plasticity of Visual Cortex in Adults. Processing Hierarchies in Visual Cortex. Visuomotor Areas in Frontal and Parietal Cortex. Specializations of Human Visual Cortex. Maps of the Visual Field in the Cerebral Cortex of Primates: Functional Organization and Significance. Face Expertise and Category Specialization in the Human Occipitotemporal Cortex. Motion Processing in Human Visual Cortex. The Functional Organization of Monkey Inferotemporal Cortex. Comparative Studies of Pyramidal Neurons in Visual Cortex of Monkeys. Feedback Connections: Splitting the Arrow.
"Chapters are well written and offer clear examples of complicated system interconnectivity. The book offers a focused and detailed insight into a portion of the primate visual system… Overall, this book warrants its place as a valued reference book."
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