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Basic information processing and higher cognition: Does the mammalian cerebral cortex deal with them at different hierarchical levels?

TR Vidyasagar

CLINICAL AND EXPERIMENTAL PHARMACOLOGY AND PHYSIOLOGY | BLACKWELL SCIENCE | Published : 1996

Abstract

1. The primary visual cortex has been generally considered as a feature processing area where the neurons code for basic stimulus attributes, such as orientation, colour and direction of movement. Higher cognitive functions, such as attention and memory, were believed to be mediated by extrastriate regions at higher levels in a hierarchy of visual areas. However, the experiments reported here suggest that the function of the primary visual cortex is more than basic information processing in at least two respects. 2. First, significant modulation of visual responses occur in the primary visual cortex (V1) of the monkey depending upon attentional factors. There appears to be a feedback to V1 f..

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