Visual processing in the primate visual cortex

A. David Milner and Melvyn A. Goodale

in The Visual Brain in Action

Second edition

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9780198524724
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191689239 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Psychology Series

Visual processing in the primate visual cortex

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This chapter first reviews the evidence for differential coding of information in the retinal projections. It then traces the visual projections through the primary visual cortex to higher visual processing areas in the cerebral cortex. In particular, it focuses on the electrophysiology of the different pathways and their interconnectivity. Further, this chapter explores how the organization of the different visual processing systems in the cortex can relate to the functional demands of visual perception, as well as the visual control of action. The authors stress in this chapter that though their review of the relevant neuroanatomy and electrophysiology is only brief, a certain amount of detail is necessary so that it is possible to develop a coherent and well-founded framework for interpreting the neuropsychological observations that will be discussed in later chapters.

Keywords: differential coding; retinal projections; visual projections; visual cortex; visual processing; electrophysiology; neuroanatomy

Chapter.  16936 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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