Illusory contours and cortical neuron responses

R. Von Der Heydt, E. Peterhans, G. Baumgartner

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Figures in which human observers perceive "illusory contours" were found to evoke responses in cells ofarea 18 in the visual cortex ofalert monkeys. The cells responded as if the contours were formed by real lines or edges. Modifications that weakened the perception of contours also reduced the neuronal responses. In contrast, cells in area 17 were apparently unable to "see" these contours.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1260-1262
Number of pages3
Issue number4654
StatePublished - Jan 1 1984
Externally publishedYes

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