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Sensory Perception and Recognition

Kenneth M. Heilman

in Matter of Mind

Published in print April 2002 | ISBN: 9780195144901
Published online May 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199865642 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195144901.003.0008
 Sensory Perception and Recognition

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This chapter discusses the means by which the brain perceives and recognizes stimuli. Studies of patients with disorders of recognition suggest that the brain recognizes meaningful stimuli by using a multicomponent sequential process. Primary sensory cortices in the occipital lobes (vision), anterior parietal lobes (touch), and superior temporal lobes (audition) receive incoming sensory information and analyze it (e.g., the location and color of stimuli). This processed information is passed on to modality-specific cortical association areas that are adjacent to the primary sensory cortical areas.

Keywords: brain; stimuli; vision; hearing; touch; agnosia; apperceptive; associative; prosopagnosia

Chapter.  6614 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuroscience

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