Rapid visual learning in neurones of the primate temporal visual cortex

Tovee, M.T., Rolls, E.T. and Ramachandran, V.S. (1996) Rapid visual learning in neurones of the primate temporal visual cortex. Neuroreport, 7 (15-17). p. 2757. ISSN 0959-4965

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The human visual system can learn to recognize visual stimuli rapidly. For example, humans can accurately reconstruct meaningful objects out of fragmentary evidence, once they have seen the same object in its unambiguous form. The anterior temporal cortical areas of macaques contain some neurones with invariant visual responses which appear to provide a representation of complex patterns and objects, such as faces. Remarkably, these neurones show an enhancement of response after brief (e.g. 5 s) exposure to the unambiguous stimulus, an effect that appears to reflect the neural basis of the rapid perceptual learning seen in humans.

Keywords:Visual learning, inferior temporal cortex, face recognition, object recognition, vision
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C830 Experimental Psychology
C Biological Sciences > C850 Cognitive Psychology
C Biological Sciences > C800 Psychology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
ID Code:33220
Deposited On:25 Oct 2018 13:34

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