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Ways of SeeingThe scope and limits of visual cognition$
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Pierre Jacob and Marc Jeannerod

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780198509219

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198509219.001.0001

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Multiple pathways in the primate visual system

Multiple pathways in the primate visual system

(p.51) 2 Multiple pathways in the primate visual system
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This chapter reviews the progressive build-up by anatomists and physiologists of the concept of multiple visual systems with specialized functions. In particular, it examines the grounds for distinguishing a visual subsystem dedicated to localizing a stimulus (the ‘where’ system) from a visual subsystem dedicated to its identification (the ‘what’ system). It contrasts the responses of single neurons located, respectively, in the anterior intraparietal area (AIP) and in the inferotemporal area (TE) of the brain of macaque monkeys. The former responds to the geometrical properties of objects relevant in the context of grasping tasks. The latter responds to more complex visual properties of the same objects.

Keywords:   multiple visual systems, anterior intraparietal area, inferotemporal area, macaque monkeys

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