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Improbable areas in the visual brain

Zeki, S; (2003) Improbable areas in the visual brain. TRENDS NEUROSCI , 26 (1) 23 - 26.

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Abstract

Recent results from anatomical, physiological and imaging experiments cast doubt on the existence of some areas in the primate visual brain and call for a much overdue re-assessment of what is a conceptually highly unsatisfactory view of how the primate visual brain is organized, a view that has survived more or less unscathed for at least 15 years and has been embraced uncritically by a significant element in the human brain imaging community. That view can be summarized as follows: that there are areas in the visual brain that represent only one quadrant of the visual field, leaving the other quadrant of the hemifield unrepresented, or represented in anotherarea, leading to what Jon Kaas has called 'improbable areas'. It is not the improbability of such a view that is surprising; rather, it is its ready acceptance on the basis of questionable evidence.

Type: Article
Title: Improbable areas in the visual brain
Keywords: VENTRAL EXTRASTRIATE CORTEX, FUNCTIONAL SPECIALIZATION, MONKEY, COLOR, DORSAL, FMRI, V3, RETINOTOPY, TOPOGRAPHY, V4
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > Div of Biosciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > Div of Biosciences > Cell and Developmental Biology
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/9821
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