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Filling-In: From Perceptual Completion to Cortical Reorganization

Luiz Pessoa and Peter De Weerd


A well-known example of filling-in involves the blind spot, a region in the back of the eye that is devoid of photoreceptors. The term blind spot is somewhat of a misnomer, because the corresponding region of visual space is not simply perceived as dark, as one would expect. Instead, it is “filled-in” with the same color and texture as the surrounding background. This phenomenon is often considered as little more than a curiosity. However, this book argues that completion mechanisms similar to those that fill in the blind spot are pervasive and necessary for normal perception. The book reviews ... More

Keywords: blind spot, photoreceptors, visual space, color, texture, perception, auditory system, somatosensory system, motor system

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780195140132
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195140132.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Luiz Pessoa, editor
National Institute of Mental Health, USA

Peter De Weerd, editor
University of Arizona, USA