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Sensory Cue Integration$
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Julia Trommershäuser, Konrad Kording, and Michael S. Landy

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195387247

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195387247.001.0001

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Decoding the Cortical Representation of Depth

Decoding the Cortical Representation of Depth

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(p.345) CHAPTER 19 Decoding the Cortical Representation of Depth
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Sensory Cue Integration
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Andrew E. Welchman

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195387247.003.0019

This chapter reviews advances in elucidating functional specialization for depth processing by the human brain while recognizing the complexity of the problem. It starts by discussing the conceptual and methodological challenges faced when investigating the neural circuits that process depth signals. It then reviews evidence for the specialization of different cortical areas in processing individual depth cues. Finally, it discusses work examining the representation of 3D structure from a combination of signals. The tenet of the chapter is that linking functional magnetic resonance imaging recordings with psychophysical measurements provides a strong basis from which to test the cortical representation of 3D structure.

Keywords:   functional specialization, depth processing, depth signals, depth cues, 3D structure, functional magnetic resonance imaging

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