Vision and Brain - How we Perceive the World
James. V. Stone, University of Sheffield ... MIT Press 2012, ISBN-13 978-0262517737
PSU Library: BF241.S7 Multnomah County Central Library: 152.14 S8782v (2 copies)
2016/08: Amazon $34 new, Addall.com $15 used first chapter
A marvelous book, lucid and informative. Human eyes do not make a pixel grid image in the brain - they convert signals from 120 million receptors into 1 million information-compressed neural signals, representing color and contrast and edge differences. The signals split left and right, crossing over at the optic chiasm, pass through the lateral geniculate nucleus (LGN, the author has no explanation for this) and converge on the anterior striate cortex at the back of the brain. Some of the pre-LGN axons split off to drive the left and right lobes of the superior colliculus, which is involved in eye tracking.
- p83 - "the dumber the animal, the smarter the retina"
- p86 why an LGN? This six-layered system may (my hypotheses): (1) amplify the neural signal, reducing end-to-end propagation speed (2) adjust signal timing so that image wavefronts are synchronized at the striate cortex (3) allow reconnection of pathways to compensate for dead retinal or striate cells (4) block infection from eye to brain
- p109 inferotemporal cortex "Jennifer Annison cell" - feature maps associated in time
- p110 Leibnitz mill 1714: cannot understand whole system simply from the behavior of components
- p124 Bee dance "distance" wiggles are not geometric distance or time, but flow of optical texture
- p125 painted roadway stripes at shrinking distances encourage drivers to slow down
- p156 Charles Bonnet syndrome, damaged visual system "hallucinates" missing information
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