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Perceiving in DepthVolume 1 Basic Mechanisms$
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Ian P. Howard

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199764143

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199764143.001.0001

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Physiology of the visual system

Physiology of the visual system

(p.206) 5 Physiology of the visual system
Perceiving in Depth

Ian P. Howard

Oxford University Press

The physiology of the mammalian visual system is reviewed, with an emphasis on mechanisms related to the perception of depth in monkeys and humans. The structure and functions of the eye, the visual pathways, and the lateral geniculate nucleus are described. An account of neurophysiological procedures used in the study of the brain is followed by an account of the organization of areas of the brain serving visual depth perception. The account starts in the primary visual cortex and progresses through the many in-parallel and in-series visual areas. The description of visual areas is followed by an account of our knowledge of the functions they serve. Special attention is devoted to the columnar organization of the visual cortex, especially to columns related to the perception of depth. The chapter ends with a discussion of the physiology of attention.

Keywords:   visual physiology, visual pathways, visual cortex, visual areas, physiology of attention

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